Kingdom of judah
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The kingdom of Judah is a hill country with so little flat land that farmers must terrace the hillsides for their gardens. Shepherds and their sheep are plentiful. They build their cities on the tops of the mountains for defense and ease of communication within their nation. Judah’s mountain roads are little more than paths; there is little protection on them. As you travel Judah you will see the remnants of the many shortcomings of the people of Israel. Ruins are everywhere.
Hebron, the soul of Judah, the City of Patriarchs, the place where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are buried. Abraham himself chose this spot as a resting place for his noble family. It has been sacred to the people of Israel ever since.
David became King of Judah in Hebron, and later Lord of the Empire of Israel. Only after establishing his right to rule in Hebron did David move the government of his empire to Jerusalem, which became known as the City of David.
The Hebron region lies a day’s journey due south of Jerusalem and consists of hill country rich for agriculture, but come summer they are blown dry with the hot, East Arabian winds.
VALLEY OF DEATH
Less than a day’s journey southeast of Jerusalem is the Valley of Death, where the sister-cities of Sodom and Gomorrah once stood. All that is left of these nations is salt and ash. Yahweh burned their wickedness from before His face. The ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah remain a vivid reminder of the vile depths to which human behavior can sink. Travelers through this black land will see the scars of heavenly fire that still fester the earth.
Lachish was the next most important Judahite city besides Jerusalem, the capital. Rich in pasture and rich in rain, the Lachish region blooms in spring with lush carpets of flowers. Grass-covered limestone formations emerge from the landscape like watchful guardians.
Lachish itself was once a great fortress, a giant stronghold that stood as a barrier between Philistine and Israel. The open landscape provided advanced warning of approaching armies and the mighty fortress walls, built in many layers, proved an impossible barrier for all but the mightiest of armies. The armies of Sennecherib, however, proved their might during the days of Isaiah, and Lachish fell. That was over a hundred years ago.
On the southern border of Hebron and Lachish lay the Negev, the Great Desert of Israel. This dry landscape harbors only a few shepherds who must constantly travel to keep their flocks fed. Father Abraham and his family constructed wells in Beersheba, a city on the edge of the Negev. It was here that his son Isaac built an altar, and Isaac’s son Jacob had a dream about a stairway to heaven.
Beersheba is the southernmost settlement of Judah, although many, many miles of the inhabitable Negev continue southward.
The less faithful of Judah, contrary to divine commands, often worshipped “other gods” and built altars to these deities in a variety of locations. These removed sites witnessed human atrocities so appalling only the Bible can tell them.
The Everlasting Empire
The City of Towers.
Valley of salt
The Desert of Fortunes.
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