The Topography of Jerusalem

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Jerusalem and the culminating biblical events that happened there have dramatically shaped world history. Jerusalem’s geography and topography have dramatically affected its own history, determining where people lived, from what direction invading armies attacked, and where the city expanded over time.

Today’s video short covers the topography of this biblical area as it was in the time of Abraham, not yet having become the city of Jerusalem. As a visual aid, we’ve developed a simple 3D model to help you picture the ridges, valleys and hills which have changed very little over several thousand years and which are the landscapes for the stories of Abraham and Isaac, King David and Christ.

Why should we care about the hills and history of Jerusalem? Jerusalem should be just an ordinary city. It’s not very large. It doesn’t have rich natural resources. It should be an obscure, middle-east city. However, Jerusalem is spoken of the world over. Why? Because the Lord chose Jerusalem as the stage on which to reveal his redemptive plan for mankind. From all the cities on the face of the earth, the Lord chose Jerusalem to establish His dwelling place.




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  1. Bill on June 26, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Great 3D model and explanation. I think at 1:54 you mean west and not east.

    • SourceFlix on June 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM

      You are right! Thank you for catching my mistake!!
      ***Just uploaded a corrected version!***

  2. Nick Toney on April 7, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    This really helped. Thank you!

    • SourceFlix on April 9, 2018 at 9:08 PM

      So glad that it helped!

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