Megiddo

Megiddo (Mi-gid´oh)

An important city in antiquity located in the Plain of Esdraelon in northwestern Palestine, now identified with modern Tell el-Mutesellim, about twenty miles southeast of Haifa. According to the OT, Joshua defeated a king of Megiddo (Josh 12:21), and although the town was given to the tribe of Manasseh (Josh 17:11; 1Chr 7:29), the Canaanites were not driven out (Josh 17:12; Judg 1:27). “At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo” Deborah and Barak met the Canaanites (Judg 5:19), but it may have been the time of David before the city was firmly in Israelite hands. Megiddo was in one of Solomon’s administrative districts (1Kgs 4:12), and he fortified Megiddo along with Jerusalem, Hazor, and Gezer (1Kgs 9:15). The importance of Megiddo as a battleground is remembered in the NT as Armageddon (Heb., “The Mound of Megiddo”), the place of the final victory of God over all the forces of the world (Rev 16:16).

Josh 12:21

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Josh 17:11

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1Chr 7:29

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Josh 17:12

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Judg 1:27

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Judg 5:19

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1Kgs 4:12

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1Kgs 9:15

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Rev 16:16

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