Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies
Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan, Israel

Jerusalem: Life Throughout the Ages in a Holy City

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17 Feb. 1997


Israel was an important land bridge between Assyria and Babylonia (roughly present-day Iraq) and Egypt. But the ancient highway along the length of Israel, "the Way of the Sea," located on the coastal plain, bypasses Jerusalem. Most of the important cities in the Biblical period, such as Hatzor, Megiddo, and Gaza, were situated on this international route. The other road connecting the two empires, the King's Highway, ran from Damascus through Amman and southward, east of the Dead Sea, even further from Jerusalem. A third route, known as the Way of the Fathers, ran among the mountain peaks. Roads led off from it eastward and westward to the international routes.

Canaanite Jerusalem was located slightly east of the Way of the Fathers. Givon, about 3 km. north of Jerusalem, is the best location for an intersection linking to either of the international routes. Jerusalem was at the junction of two minor roads. It was not isolated, but did not lie astride an important transportation artery.

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