... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Israel's boarders through ages:kingdoms and empires, maps part 1 of 7

Through millennia the region where the Land of Israel is situated, modern-day Middle East, has been the centre stage for kingdoms and empires. Why?

A maps-overview and history since ancient times up to our modern era shows how the Promised Land went from …

… being the land where Canaan was situated to be the Land of Israel, followed by the Kingdom of Israel and ultimately in our time to be the State of Israel. 
Middle East, source: wikipedia

The Land of Israel was and is currently situated at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the territory of ancient Near East, modern-day Middle East.

Israel's long history actually started since the pre-historic time from which it went through various ages in history up to the modern age of today. It went through the bronze age and the iron age, to the early Israeli period that witnessed the destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem and later through the Hellenistic and Roman period, during which the Jewish-Roman Great Wars were fought and the second Temple was destroyed, followed by the periods of Christianity, the Byzantine, the the Persians, to the Islamic period with the Ymayyad, Ayubid, Faimid, the Christian Crusader period, after which the Mamluke, the Ottoman, and in more recent time the rise of Zionism, the British Mandate ultimately to the State of Israel today and onwards to current affairs, and the historic events set to happen in the near and far future of the Land of Israel.

But first, what makes the region of the Middle East so special? Through centuries kingdoms and empires rose and fell in this region, and conquerors came and went fighting to overpower the city-states and nations of this region. What made this territory worth forging all these wars for? This region has been of major importance to ancient civilizations up to the modern-age because of its natural resources, such as bronze, gold and iron. Of equal or even more importance is its fossil fuel, crude oil, and its location for trade both by land and sea between the West and the Far East.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: History