Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Crusades Intro: Jerusalem

About a few days ago I said I would make a new series of posts on the Crusades. I am still working on it and the real thing will start in a week or so. In the meantime I have been wondering about how the city of Jerusalem actually came about. I have been surfing the Internet and unfortunately have not come up with much. If anybody knows anything, please tell me. In the meantime, please go to my poll, I will stop yapping until someone has voted. This area has a long history, it was of great economic importance since many eastern goods set off from here to the Mediterranean ports. Tell me anything you know, thanks.


The Sovereign Editor said...

As you can see, Jerusalem predates the children of Israel's domination of the Holy Land.

Joshua 10:1-5

Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;

That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.

Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,

Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.

Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

I also think that the city of Salem referred to in Genesis is another name for Jerusalem (the city of peace). And it seems that long before the Hebrews took the city, it was a holy place.

Genesis 14:18-20

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

The Sovereign Editor said...


The Scriptural history of Jerusalem (known then as "Salem"), begins when Abraham meets "Melchizedek" (King of Justice) about 2000 BC.

Through the ages it has been called by many names: Urusalim, Salem, Mount Moriah, Adonai Urah, Jebus, Jerusalem, Zion, the City of David, Ariel (Lion of God) God has declared that this is the place He will establish His Name and will dwell there forever.

Found here.