Judea and Samaria
Judea and Samaria In The Bible
Known in Hebrew as Yehuda and Shomron, Judea (sometimes spelled Judaea) and Samaria comprise Israel’s Biblical heartland.
Judea is a Greek and Roman term for Judah, whose kingdom in Southern Israel was ruled by the descendants of Judah, son of Jacob. The most famous king from the Tribe of Judah was King David who ruled over a united Israel. In Jewish thought, the Messiah will be a descendent of King David’s. Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron are important Biblical cities in Judea.
After the death of King Solomon and the split between Rechavam and Yerovam, Judea was referred to as the Southern Kingdom because it is located in the southern part of Israel.
When all Yisrael heard that Yerovam had returned, they sent messengers and summoned him to the assembly and made him king over all Yisrael. Only the tribe of Yehuda remained loyal to the House of David. 1 Kings 12:20
Samaria refers to the region beginning north of Judea until the Galilee. It is associated with the ancient Kingdom of Israel and is sometimes referred to as the Northern Kingdom. Important Biblical cities in Samaria include Beit El, Jaffa, Jericho, Nazereth and Meggido.
In 722 BCE, the Northern Kingdom was conquered by Assyria. The local population was sent into exile and eventually assimilated. This is how the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel came to be.
In the end, Hashem removed Yisrael from His presence, as He had warned them through all His servants the Neviim. So the Israelites were deported from their land to Assyria, as is still the case. 2 Kings 17:23
Judea and Samaria Today
On a political level, Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, the Biblical Heartland of Israel, is heavily disputed. Judea and Samaria are a central issue in the BDS movement and their attempts to divorce parts of Israel from their Biblical context. Like our Christian Zionist readers, Israel365 News is wholly supportive of the centrality of the Israeli communities of Judea and Samaria.
Israel365 News consistently reports on the political battle to apply Israeli law to the region and on advances in the world’s economic recognition of the region
Bible-based Jews and Christians can find dozens of sites worth visiting in today’s Judea and Samaria, including The Cave of The Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron, Tekoa where the prophet Amos was born in the Judean hills and Har Bracha, the Garden of Bible Stories in Ariel and Mount Gerizim National Park in Samaria