Jericho has a fascinating location and history. It is the lowest city in the world (more than 1,000 feet below sea level), and also appears to be the oldest. Archaeologists have discovered remains dating back to 8,000 BC, about 6,000 years before Abraham lived!
Jericho stood by a mountain pass near the northern end of the Dead Sea. As one of the few gateways into the Judean Mountains, Jericho was a natural place for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land. After crossing the Jordan, it was the first city they defeated.
Jericho stood on one of the few roads connecting the Via Maris, a major trade route to the west, and the King?s Highway, which ran through the east. As it did in ancient times, the city still boasts a pleasant climate with plenty of sunshine and a lush oasis watered by Elisha?s Spring.
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