Lv 4. By this time Samaria was once again an important city, with its Samaritan Temple at Gerizim rivaling or exceeding the competing Yahwist Temple of Jerusalem, which had been rebuilt after the Jews of Judah to returned from Babylonian exile. Between c. 884-722 B.C.E. Join. Isaiah 7:9 and the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. It was the residence of the northern kingdom's most famous ruler, King Ahab, and his infamous queen, Jezebel. But it would include the higher classes, and especially the priests from whom the victors would have most to fear. It is the traditional burying-place of John the Baptist's body. Ignorant of his special ritual ("manner"), they petitioned the Assyrian king, who sent one (Josephus says "some") of the priests who had been carried away to teach them "how they should fear the Lord." What the proportions of the different elements in the population were, there is now no means of knowing. Colonists were brought from other parts to take the places of the exiles (2 Kings 17:24 Ezra 4:10). When the Jews deny to them any relation to Israel, and call them Cuthaeans, as if they were the descendants purely of the heathen settlers, the facts just mentioned should be borne in mind.After the Assyrian conquest we are told that the people suffered from lions (2 Kings 17:25). There is much excellent soil, and fine crops of barley and wheat are reaped annually. 2 Chronicles 18:9 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, and they were sitting in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them. A mysterious panic seized the Syrians. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the territory came under the control of Jordan. This resistance failed when Sargon overthrew the King of Hamath, which he apparently boasts of in 2 Kings 18:32-35. ... + 100. xvii. The city of Samaria, the ancient capital of the northern Kingdom of Israel, was built by King Omri in the seventh year of his reign, c. 884 B.C.E., on the mountain he had reportedly bought for two talents of silver from a man called Shemer, after whom the city was named (1 Kings 16:23-24). GeoffTrowbridge. It is also traditionally believed to be the burial place of John the Baptist. 2 Kings 6:25 There was a great famine in Samaria. At Samaria's famous gate, Ahab met his ally and son-in-law, Jehoshaphat of Judah, to hear the dramatic words of the prophet Micaiah (1 Kings 22:10). 2 Kings 10:35 Jehu slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria. Probably in the throat of the great western gateway occurred the crush in which the incredulous captain was trampled to death (1 Kings 7; Josephus, Ant, IX, iv, 5).Here the 70 sons of Ahab were slain by Jehu in the general destruction of the house of Ahab (2 Kings 10:1). They continued at the same time to serve their own gods. See Map No. The new settlers, probably influenced by the remaining local population, came to believe that the "God of the land" had not been properly propitiated, and thus priests of Yahweh were sent back by the Assyrian authorities to teach the settlers to worship the Israelite God (2 Kings 17:24-41). It then came under Herod Agrippa I, and later again came under the procurators ("Ant." 2 Chronicles 28:8 The children of Israel carried away captive of their brothers two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria. It was no doubt among these that Josiah exercised his reforming energy (2 Kings 23:19 2 Chronicles 34:6 f). The Jews refused the proffered assistance of the Samaritans in rebuilding the temple and the walls of Jerusalem (Ezra 4:1, 3). 2 Kings 18:10 At the end of three years they took it: in the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. Here also his sons perished by his hand (Josephus, Ant, XV, vii, 5-7; XVI, iii, 1-3; xi, 7).It is commonly thought that this city was the scene of Philip's preaching and the events that followed recorded in Acts 8, but the absence of the definite article in 8:5 makes this doubtful. Do Christians believe that the bible is the literal word of god? will they fortify themselves? '", Isaiah 8:4 For before the child knows how to say,'My father,' and,'My mother,' the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.". 2 Kings 23:19 All the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke Yahweh to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel. Idolatry is not alleged against the "adversaries." The "city of Samaria" (Acts 8:5) is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Jerusalem in central Israel. Samaria emerged again into history four centuries after its capture by the Assyrians. Ahab killed sheep and cattle for him in abundance, and for the people who were with him, and moved him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. Jordan withdrew its claim to the West Bank, including Samaria, only in 1988, as was later confirmed by the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty of 1993. Ewing, Samaria, the name of both a city and a region in Palestine. Then he would heal him of his leprosy.". will they sacrifice? Its site is probably marked by the impressive flight of steps, with the pedestal on which stood the gigantic statue of Augustus, which recent excavations have revealed. The margin reads Marisa, and probably the place intended is Mareshah, the site of which is at Tell Sandachannah, about a mile South of Belt Jibrin.W. However, it remained the capital of Israel for more than 150 years, constituting most of the northern kingdom's history, until it was captured by the Assyrians in 722-721 B.C.E. He led them to Samaria. Under Emperor Septimius Severus at the end of the second century, Sebaste became a Roman colony, but with the growth of nearby Nablus it lost its importance. ", 1 Kings 20:17 The young men of the princes of the provinces went out first; and Ben Hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, "Men are coming out from Samaria.". Isn't Hamath like Arpad? However, upon his arrival in the capital, the intervention of the prophet Oded resulted in these captives being released (2 Chron. 2 Chronicles 25:13 But the men of the army whom Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell on the cities of Judah, from Samaria even to Beth Horon, and struck of them three thousand, and took much spoil. will they make an end in a day? Hosea 10:5 The inhabitants of Samaria will be in terror for the calves of Beth Aven; for its people will mourn over it, Along with its priests who rejoiced over it, for its glory, because it has departed from it. 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