Jericho (Jair´uh-koh)

A city in the Jordan Valley six miles north of the Dead Sea. Jericho first appears in the biblical record in connection with the Israelite conquest of Canaan. When two spies, who were saved from death in Jericho by Rahab (Josh 2), reported favorably, Joshua’s army crossed the river, aided by a miraculous division of its waters (Josh 3:14-17), and laid siege to Jericho. After its destruction by the Israelites Jericho lay unoccupied for about four centuries. It was uninhabited during the time of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, who were both active in the region (2Kgs 2:4). Jericho was rebuilt by Hiel of Bethel during the reign of Ahab (873–851 BCE). In the loss of his eldest and youngest sons (1Kgs 16:34) Hiel suffered the consequences predicted in the curse that Joshua laid on anyone who reestablished the city (Josh 6:26). Jericho figured in a minor way in the ministry of Jesus. At Jericho Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52), had his encounter with the tax collector Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-11), and told the parable of the pounds (Luke 19:12-28).

Josh 2

Spies Sent to Jericho
1Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and en ... View more

Josh 3:14-17

14When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people.15Now the Jordan ov ... View more

2Kgs 2:4

4Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” ... View more

1Kgs 16:34

34In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho; he laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Seg ... View more

Josh 6:26

26Joshua then pronounced this oath, saying,
“Cursed before the Lord be anyone who tries
to build this city—this Jericho!
At the cost of his firstborn he shall l ... View more

Mark 10:46-52

The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus
46They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind begga ... View more

Luke 19:1-11

Jesus and Zacchaeus
1He entered Jericho and was passing through it.2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.3He was trying to ... View more

Luke 19:12-28

12So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return.13He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, an ... View more

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