Important Cities in Ancient
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Ai
The city is also referred to as Hai, Aija or Aiath (see Genesis 12:8, Nehemiah 11:31 and Isaiah 10:28).

Ashdod
1. And the Philistines took the ark of God (Ark of the Covenant) and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. (1Samuel 5).

Ashkelon
Location where Samson killed thirty men and took spoils (Judges 14:19).

Beersheba
31. This is why he called that place The Well of the Living One Seeing Me, because there they both swore an oath. 32. So they made a covenant at Beersheba (Genesis 21:31 - 32).

Bethany
1. Now there was a certain man who was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, which was the town of Mary and her sister Martha (John 11:1).

Bethel
The city is first mentioned, by name, in Genesis 12:8. Its name means "House of God."

Bethlehem
City where Jesus was born (Matthew 2).

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Bethsaida
44. On the next day, Jesus desired to go into Galilee; and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." 45. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter (John 1:44 - 45).

Caesarea
The city is often referred to as Caesarea of Palestine, to distinguish it from other cities with the same name.

Cana
Jesus and his disciples travel from Bethabara to the city, right after his temptation by the devil, in order to attend a wedding.

Capernaum
13. And after leaving Nazareth (at about 30), He (Jesus Christ) came and dwelt in Capernaum (Matthew 4:13).

Dan
Northern most Israelite city (Judges 13:25).

Engedi
David used location as a stronghold to evade capture by King Saul. (1Samuel 23:29).

Gath
Important ancient Philistine city where giant people lived (Joshua 11:22).

Gaza
Location where the Philistines put out Samson's eyes, bound him, and had him grind grain (Judges 16:21).

Gibeah
Hometown of Saul, the first human king of ancient Israel (1Samuel 10:26).

Gilgal
Was the "headquarters" of the children of Israel during the time of Joshua (Joshua 9:6, 10:6, 15, 43).

Hazor
The name "Hazor" means "enclosed" or "fortified." Its first mention in the Bible is in Joshua 11:1 where the Jabin, the king of Hazor, is referenced.

Hebron
The village was the place where Abraham's wife Sarah died at the age of 127 (Genesis 23:2).

Jericho
First place conquered by Israel.

Jerusalem
King David and all the Israelites went and attacked the city of Jerusalem. It was then known as Jebus . . . (1Chronicles 11:4).

Jezreel
Gideon's famous battle against the Midianites took place here (Judges 6:33)

Joppa
The city where a beloved believer named Tabitha (Dorcas) died. God, through Peter, resurrected her from the dead. (Acts 9:36)

Kadeshbarnea
One location Israel camped at after leaving Egyptian slavery (Numbers 13:26).

Kedesh
22. The king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one; (Joshua 12:22).

Lachish
A city that Joshua encamped around and fought against (Joshua 10:31).

Mamre
The place where Jacob, renamed Israel by God, was buried after his death in Egypt (Genesis 50:1 - 13).

Megiddo
King Solomon spent a great deal of money fortifying the city (1Kings 9:15). The valley near the city is the place where the final world war will take place before the return of Christ (Revelation 16:12 - 14, 16).

Mizpah
City within the territory controlled by the tribe of Benjamin. It was one of a few places where the tribes of Israel gathered while under the Judges.

Nain
Nain is only mentioned, by name, once in the entirety of Scripture (Luke 7:11 - 17).

Nazareth
23. And after arriving, he (Joseph and his family) dwelt in a city called Nazareth (Matthew 2:23).

Penuel (Peniel)
30. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel,. saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" (Genesis 32:30).

Ramoth-gilead
One of Israel's cities of refuge (Joshua 20:7, Deuteronomy 4:41 - 43).

Samaria
Bought city that was made capital of northern tribes of Israel (1Kings 16:24). Inhabitants of the area were used in a well known parable given by Jesus.

Shechem
6. And Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, unto the Oak of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land (Genesis 12:6).

Shiloh
Place where Israelites set up God's tabernacle (Joshua 18:1).

Sidon
Place where Elijah is taken care of by a widow (1Kings 17:8 - 9).

Succoth
37 The Israelites set out on foot from Rameses for Sukkoth (Exodus 12:37).

Tirzah
17. And Jeroboam's wife arose, and left, and came to Tirzah. When she came to the threshold of the door, the boy died (1Kings 14:17).

Tyre
Tyre, a prosperous city (Isaiah 23:8), had several prophets condemn it for its sins (Isaiah 23, Ezekiel 26, Jeremiah 25, etc.).

Zoar
The city is located at the southern end of the Dead Sea.

Additional Study Materials
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References
Holy Bible, a Faithful Version
A Dictionary of the Holy Bible


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