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Jerusalem history, thus, was tied to the other cities along this route.

The main cities from south to north were Beersheba, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Bethel, Mizpah, Shiloh and Shechem.

The Western Ridge was flanked by the Hinnom Valley, which ran along its western and southern slopes.

The Hinnom, or Gehenna, Valley was associated with hell and sheol throughout the Old Testament.

Water plays a significant role in Jerusalem history, as it does in the history of the Ancient Near East.

A steady supply of water equates with longevity, and Jerusalem fit the mold.

It was over this valley Christ would often gaze on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount from the slopes of the Mount of Olives in the New Testament.

The northeastern hill would become suburbs known as Bezetha.Tradition associates this Moriah with the mountain Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac on, though God interrupted and provided a ram instead.This, however, is debated by scholars and historians.This valley clearly defined the Eastern and Western Ridges from each other.It, too, ran into the Hinnom valley in the south, and provided the western border for the eastern ridge, running parallel to the Kidron, as mentioned above. It is likely the Kidron was 150 - 200 feet below the city, though the valley has been filled with debris over the course of the history of Jerusalem.

The northeastern hill would become suburbs known as Bezetha.

Tradition associates this Moriah with the mountain Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac on, though God interrupted and provided a ram instead.

This, however, is debated by scholars and historians.

This valley clearly defined the Eastern and Western Ridges from each other.

It, too, ran into the Hinnom valley in the south, and provided the western border for the eastern ridge, running parallel to the Kidron, as mentioned above. It is likely the Kidron was 150 - 200 feet below the city, though the valley has been filled with debris over the course of the history of Jerusalem.

The early history of Jerusalem included struggles with ancient Shechem for control of the central hill country.