Jericho

Jericho is about 15 miles northeast of Jerusalem. During the days of Jesus, the ancient site of Jericho was largely abandoned and there was a newer settlement to the south, which had been built by King Herod.

Jesus performed miracles here, including the healing of a blind man named Bartimaeus. Jericho is believed to be the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. In ancient times, about 3400 years ago, Joshua sent two spies into the walled city, where they were aided by Rahab, the harlot.

Because of her assistance, she and her family were spared when the Israelites attacked the city. After seven days of circling the city with the Ark, the Israelite army shouted and the walls of the city came down. Jericho was the first major conquest by the Israelites after they crossed the Jordan and entered the promised land.

Jericho appears in 58 Bible verses: Num 22:1, Num 26:3, Num 26:63, Num 31:12, Num 33:48, Num 33:50, Num 34:15, Num 35:1, Num 36:13, Deut 32:49, Deut 34:1, Josh 2:1, Josh 2:2, Josh 2:3, Josh 3:16, Josh 4:13, Josh 4:19, Josh 5:10, Josh 5:13, Josh 6:1, Josh 6:2, Josh 6:25, Josh 6:26, Josh 7:2, Josh 8:2, Josh 9:3, Josh 10:1, Josh 10:28, Josh 10:30, Josh 12:9, Josh 13:32, Josh 16:1, Josh 16:7, Josh 18:12, Josh 18:21, Josh 20:8, Josh 24:11, 2 Sam 10:5, 1 Kgs 16:34, 2 Kgs 2:4, 2 Kgs 2:5, 2 Kgs 2:15, 2 Kgs 2:18, 2 Kgs 25:5, 1 Chr 6:78, 1 Chr 19:5, 2 Chr 28:15, Ezra 2:34, Neh 3:2, Neh 7:36, Jer 39:5, Jer 52:8, Matt 20:29, Mark 10:46, Luke 10:30, Luke 18:35, Luke 19:1 and Heb 11:30.

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