The word Jerusalem appears over 600 times in the Bible. This map features places in and around Jerusalem that are mentioned in the Bible, specifically in II Samuel 5:7, 15:30 and Jeremiah 1:1.
Jerusalem is the capital of modern-day Israel and the ancestral capital of the Jews (See the ancient boundaries of Israel). King David chose Jerusalem to be the capital of his kingdom after conquering the city from the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7), and it remained the capital of the Kingdom of Judah after the split of the Israelite kingdom. Even while most of the Land of Israel was conquered, Jerusalem remained part of the Kingdom of Judah until the exile and the destruction of the Temple at the hands of the Babylonians (II Kings 25), and it was here where Jeremiah delivered his prophecies to the Children of Israel (Jeremiah 2:2).
- The City of David is the archeological site of ancient Jerusalem. It is here where David established his throne after conquering the city from the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7).
- The Temple Mount is the site where the Holy Temple stood. It is considered by Jews to be the holiest place earth, and is also sacred to Christians and Muslims. Isaiah prophesied about it: “And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:2).
- Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem. King David ascended this mountain with tears in his eyes as he ran from Avshalom his son (II Samuel 15:30).
- Anatot was a city of priests in the land of the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 21:18). It was located just north of Jerusalem and was the prophet Jeremiah’s hometown (Jeremiah 1:1).