Places of The Bible

Jericho

Jericho

יְרִיחוֹ

Yericho

y’-ree-KHO

Meaning of the Name Jericho

“Fragrant,” “moon,” or “wind.”

Where is Jericho

In the Jordan Valley, 27 miles east of Jerusalem, 2 miles west of the Jordan River, and 10 miles north of the Dead Sea. It sits at 846 feet below sea level, making it the lowest city in the world.

What does the Bible say about Jericho? What happened in Jericho?

Yericho was the first city in the Land of Israel captured by the Israelites. In the famous battle for Yericho, the Israelites circled the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day, they circled the wall seven times after which the priests blew ram’s horns, the people shouted and the walls fell. 

After the destruction of Jericho, a curse was put on anyone who would rebuild the city. Hiel the Bethelite rebelliously rebuilt the city in the times of King Ahab, and received the curse. 

King Zedekiah was caught fleeing from the Babylonians in Yericho.

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