Tale of the Tel: Megiddo, Crossroads of the Western World

In a comment to a recent blog, my friend Steven Sawyer asked me to write about Megiddo. Well, my friend, that’s no small undertaking! Megiddo is one of the most interesting and complex historical/archaeological places on Earth! In a series of blogs, we’ll take a look at Megiddo and why it is so important both in terms of Biblical and world history.
Har (Mount) Megiddo

An abbreviated history:

Har Megiddo (Mount Megiddo) was occupied during the Neolithic Period which ended c. 4000 BCE. In the ensuing time, over 30 layers of civilization have been excavated on the mountain which overlooks both the Megiddo and Jezreel Valleys. The area has played a central role in human migration from Africa to the rest of the Western world, establishment of trade between Asia and Europe and Africa (primarily Egypt), and is known as the world’s battleground. At least 30 major battles have taken place near Megiddo, the earliest being Pharaoh Thutmosios III defeat of the Canaanites in 1479 BCE to the 6 Days War of 1967.

Location, Location, Location: Crossroads of the Western World:

Megiddo is located in modern day Israel mid-way between Galilee and Jerusalem, It lies high above plains between the Mediterranean to the west and mountains and desert to the east. The geography creates a bottleneck on the only viable land route between Egypt and Asia/Europe. Whoever controlled this little piece of land controlled both commerce and held a strategic military advantage. Over the centuries, the Canaanites, Egyptians, Hyksos, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Turks (Ottomans), French, English, Palestinians, Jordon and Israel have all controlled Megiddo at some time.

Megiddo’s story is not yet over. Over time, Har Megiddo has come to be known as Armageddon,

Megiddo in God’s Plan for Mankind:

God selected the Hebrews, later to be known as the Israelites and Jews, to be His chosen people. They were to set the standard for how He wanted people to live and later to spread the Good News of His Son to the entire world. There was no better suited place to do this that the Holy Lands, centered around Megiddo, the Crossroad of Civilization.

Shalom, Art

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6 Responses to Tale of the Tel: Megiddo, Crossroads of the Western World

  1. wayneman says:

    Art, thanks much for sharing this. Totally interested in learning more about Megiddo’s history and future.

  2. Steven Sawyer says:

    Art, my friend. Thank you so much for such a powerful and fact-filled post on Megiddo. I am certainly looking forward to your next posts. God bless.

  3. It is an amazing place, one of the most impressive sites on our tour, the vastness of this mountain hideaway and the historical value is not easily forgotten. Blessings on your study, Art. ~Zoey

    • Megiddo is a place where the melding together of world and Biblical history can be clearly seen. We have to remember that Biblical events did not take place in a vacuum. I hope to be able to visit there one day.

      Shalom, Art

      • Yes, indeed. As you are told by most tour guides in Israel…most start with “tradition has it that….” when they are talking about the Biblical sites.

        Blessings ~Zoey

  4. ptl2010 says:

    That picture of Megiddo brings back memories – yes it is worth a thousand words – the road still there and the lush valley. I was there but far in the future. My imagination ran riot when I was at Megiddo. Armageddon. As the tour guide ( Messianic Jew) described the significance of that place, I projected the battle of Armageddon on the TV screen in my head. I just was so excited imagining the forces, the sound of battle and the victory won! It will be global. Wow! It will be His victory!
    Art, Looking forward to more on Megiddo. Appreciate your effort and sharing.

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