Cities of Israel
Northern Cities

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Accho (Ptolemais)
The port city of Accho (Acco), although originally given to Israel for the tribe of Asher (Judges 1:28 - 29, 31), was never conquered by God's people. It was renamed Ptolemais (Acts 21:7) before the writing of the New Testament. The Apostle Paul spent a day with local Christians during the end of his third missionary journey.

Capernaum
Capernaum is only mentioned in the New Testament. Jesus moved his residence to the city in 27 A.D. after he preached in his hometown of Nazareth on the day of Pentecost (Luke 4:16 - 31, Matthew 4:13 - 17). He continued to maintain a home in Capernaum for the rest of his ministry. Many of Christ's miracles occurred in and around the city.

Chorazin
Chorazin is only Biblically mentioned in regard to the condemnation Jesus declared on it for not repenting of its sins in spite of the many miracles he performed (Matthew 11:20 - 22).

Damascus
Damascus was not one of the cities Israel received as an inheritance in the Promised Land. It was the starting point for a Biblically well-known trading and military route known as the King's Highway. The Apostle Paul was both baptized and healed of blindness while he stayed in the city (Acts 9:10 - 18).

Dan
The Bible frequently refers to Dan as Israel's most important northern city (Judges 20:1, 1Samuel 3:20, 2Samuel 3:10, etc.). The most famous Danite was Samson (Judges 13), history's strongest man, who began the nation's long path to freeing itself from the power of the Philistines.

Hazor
Several cities are named Hazor in Scripture. The most important of these, located north of the Sea of Galilee, was a royal city of the Canaanites before being conquered by Joshua. It was one of the first cities attacked and conquered by the Assyrians under Tiglathpileser (2Kings 15:29).

Ijon
The city was attacked by King Benhadad of Damascus. It was later attacked by King Tiglathpileser who took its inhabitants back to Assyria as captives (1Kings 15:20, 2Kings 15:29, 2Chronicles 16:4).

Kedesh
Barak, who became one of Israel's Judges along with a prophetess named Deborah, lived in Kedesh. He gathered men in the city to battle the Canaanites led by Sisera (Joshua 12:22, Judges 4).

Merom
Merom was the staging area for a confederation of pagan kings who sought one last opportunity to stop Israel from conquering the Promised Land. Led by Jabin, king of Hazor, the vast allied army experienced a surprise attack at Merom and was soundly defeated. Israel's victory was Joshua's greatest military success!

Sidon
Sidon (spelled Zidon in the KJV) was given to Israel as an inheritance in the Promised Land. The tribe of Asher, however, who was given the city, was never able to control or conquer it (Joshua 19:28 - 29, Judges 1:31).

Sidon was a wealthy commercial city famous for its trade, merchants and navigation. Jesus visited the area surrounding Sidon during his ministry (Matthew 15:21).

Tyre
Tyre, like Sidon, was given to the tribe of Asher as a land inheritance by God (Joshua 19:28 - 29). In spite of this, like its sister city, it never was conquered by Israel.

King Hiram of Tyre was a friend and trading partner of both King David and Solomon. He greatly aided the construction of Jerusalem's temple by supplying Solomon with quality materials and skilled craftsmen (2Chronicles 2:3 - 16). The Apostle Paul visited the city of Tyre at least once.

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