Love of the Land

Megiddo

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MEGIDDO

Situated on the great highway connecting the lands of Egypt and Assyria, Megiddo was of strategic importance in Biblical times. King Solomon fortified it as a bulwark of defense (Melachim I 9:15). When the Egyptian king, Pharaoh Necho, marched his army towards war with a northern adversary, King Yoshia of Israel who went to battle against him at Megiddo was slain there, just as a predecessor of his, King Achazayahu had fallen there.

The term "Armageddon" is derived from "Har Mageddon - the Mount of Megiddo." When the British troops successfully invaded the north of Palestine through the Megiddo Pass in World War I to free it from Turkish rule, the commander-in-chief of the victorious forces was granted the title of Lord Allenby of Megiddo.

The site of ancient Megiddo is rich with archeological discoveries, but only a kibbutz bears the name of the city today.


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