Places of The Bible







Meaning of the Name Jerusalem

The word Yerushalayim is made up of two words: Yira – awe, Shalem – complete or peaceful.

Where is Jerusalem

In the central Judean mountains, located in the tribal lands of both Judah and Benjamin.

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

Yerushalayim is the capital of modern-day Israel and the ancestral capital of the Jews. The original name of Jerusalem was Shalem, ruled by Melchizedek, another name for Noah’s son Shem. 

King David made it the capital of his kingdom after conquering the city from the Jebusites, and it remained the capital of the Kingdom of Judah after the split of the Israelite kingdom, until the destruction of the Temple and the exile at the hands of the Babylonians. 

At the heart of Yerushalayim is the Temple Mount where both Temples stood, considered by Jews to be the holiest place on earth.


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