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Galilee's green hills and broad valleys, all on an east-west pattern, made for easy passage between Egypt and Mesopotamia. The southernmost valley was Jezreel. Overlooking it from the Nazareth ridge, the young Jesus would have seen the theaters of battles he had read about: Deborah and Barak against the Canaanites, Gideon against the Midianites, the scene of Saul's death on Mount Gilboa and that of Josiah's at Megiddo. The last would give its name to the prophesied battle at the hill (har) of Megiddo, Ar-mageddon. Just four miles northwest of Nazareth lay Sepphoris, where Herod Antipas first established his capital. Later he built Tiberias on the western shore of Galilee's lake. North of it, at Capernaum, Jesus undertook his public mission.

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