Places of The Bible

Samaria

Samaria

שֹׁמְרוֹן

Shomron

sho-m’-RON

Meaning of the Name Samaria

From the word Shemer, meaning guard.

Where is Samaria

South of the Jezreel Valley, north of the Jerusalem mountains, west of the Jordan Valley, and east of the coastal plain.

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

Shomron is an important part of both the Biblical heartland and the modern State of Israel. In the Bible, King Omri purchased the city of Shomron from a man named Shemer and made it the capital of the kingdom of Israel. During the Second Temple period, King Herod renamed the city Sebaste or Sebastia. 

The name Samaria/Shomron is also used for the central region of the Land of Israel which roughly corresponds to the lands of the tribes of Ephraim and the western part of Manasseh. Today, the area of Shomron plays a vital role in the spirituality, economics and security of the country.

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