hill country

hill country

A general designation in the Bible for those parts of Palestine that are hilly rather than flat. Since the land of Palestine has a mountainous spine running its length between the Jordan River to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, any area along that spine can be designated “hill country.” Among areas specifically identified as “hill country” are parts of Seir, south of the Dead Sea (Gen 36:8); the area of the Jebusites (Josh 11:3); the dwelling place of the Anakim (Josh 11:21); areas in both Judah and Israel (Josh 11:21); and the tribal areas of Naphtali and Ephraim (Josh 20:7), among many others. Indeed, hill country could be identified from as far south as the Wilderness of Ziph (1Sam 23:14) to as far north as the land of the Amorites, near the head of the Euphrates River (Num 13:29). In the NT, the story of Jesus begins in the hill country of Judah (Luke 1:39; Luke 1:65).

Gen 36:8

8So Esau settled in the hill country of Seir; Esau is Edom.

Josh 11:3

3to the Canaanites in the east and the west, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the hill country, and the Hivites under Hermon in ... View more

Josh 11:21

21At that time Joshua came and wiped out the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from ... View more

Josh 11:21

21At that time Joshua came and wiped out the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from ... View more

Josh 20:7

7So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill ... View more

1Sam 23:14

14David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but the Lord! did not give him ... View more

Num 13:29

29The Amalekites live in the land of the Negeb; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea, and ... View more

Luke 1:39

Mary Visits Elizabeth
39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,

Luke 1:65

65Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea.

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