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C O U R S E 
The Bible's Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future
Dr. Jacob L. Wright, Emory University
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Maps of Historical Biblical Regions
Notes taken on September 6, 2014 by Edward Tanguay
Assyrian Empire (911 BC - 612 BC)
between Greece to Persia
from Egypt to the Black Sea
two main cultural centers
in the East: Mesopotamia
has been an area of civilization
in the West: Egypt
higher culture on the Nile
served as a land bridge between Mesopotamia and Egypt
when the cultural center in the West wanted to attack or engage in commerce with the cultural center in the east, they had to go through Israel
the area that was the most important and most used as a land bridge, was the coastal area
although Israel was actually not on the coast
it eventually got in the way of the east and west forces
areas that will shape Israel's history
more ancient than Assyria
in south
Phonecian territories (1200 BC–539 BC)
above Israel
commercial centers and trading cities
later a power emerges in Persia and takes over these areas
the Persian Median empire
Jordan Rift Valley
used in the Bible to define Israel's court territories
hill country west of Dead Sea
south of Jerusalem was Judah
north of Jerusalem was Israel
issue with Gilead across the Jordan Valley to the east
whether or not it belongs to Israel
a running question throughout the Biblical narratives
"does the Jordan Valley define who we are or is there territory beyond the Jordan that also can be called Israel"
from Mediterranean coast toward Dead Sea
1. Coastal Plain (Philistia)
2. Shephelah
very rich agricultural region
one of the regions allotted to Judah
3. Hill Country (Judah)
south part: Judean Hill country
north part: Samaria Hill Country
4. Wilderness
drops down to Dead Sea
south of Hill Country (Judah)
to south, arid, impossible to live there
Upper Galilee
Lower Galilee
Jezreal Valley
first area that Israel conquers once it moves away from its hill country down in Manasseh and Samaria
Ephraim hill country is the core territory of Israel
Southern Hill Country south of that is the core territory of Judah
Israel and Judah border each other in the area around Jerusalem
roughly the Kingdom of Judah
refers to a time when Judah is no longer a Kingdom but a province of Yehud
to the north of Yehud is Samaria, home of the Samarians
Samaria is a wealthier province than Judah
much of the Bible emerged in Judah but it did so in competition with Samaria
the Ammon region is then across the valley to the east