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Mitchell T. Heaton Father Basil Yender, OSB Freshman Theology Honors 10 December 2008 Jericho The city of Jericho has been in existence for over ten-thousand years and some archaeologists claim it is “the oldest city in the world.” The immense biblical and archaeological background of Jericho back this statement up but leave much room for one to learn. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, Jericho has a very important past. It is one of the most important and prominent cities of the past, both archaeologically and biblically. The Old Testament city of Jericho is located sixteen kilometers northwest of the mouth of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. Two-hundred fifty-eight meters below sea level, Jericho is the lowest city on the earth. Settlement at Jericho probably was instigated by the existence of the Ain es-Sultan spring—Elisha’s Spring in the bible. This oasis in the Judaean desert attracted nomads in ancient times and was probably the reason for the early settlement of Jericho (Jerusalem and the Holy Land 170). Jericho’s existence predates that of the Old Testament because of its early settlement in the Natufian period as well as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period. Jericho, due to its geographic positioning, was probably considered the key to Western Palestine. Biblically, Jericho is a prominent city of the past. Noticeably first appearing in Joshua, “the City of Palms”, Jericho,
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