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Rose of Sharon

Historical References

Songs of Solomon
 

Solomon: King of Israel famous for his wisdom and his architectural projects, including the Temple in Jerusalem.
 
Jerusalem: The capital of Israel, in the east-central part of the country in the West Bank. Jerusalem is considered a holy city to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
 
Kedar: dark-skinned, the second son of Ishmael. It is the name for the
nomadic tribes of Arabs, the Bedouins generally who dwelt in the north-west of Arabia.
 
Pharaoh: A king of ancient Egypt
 
Ein Gedi:  the name of a spring which flows from a height of 656 feet above the Dead Sea. In the Old Testament, it is the wasteland  where David sought refuge from Saul. (http://www.jafi.org.il/education/100/PLACES/gedi.html)
 
Israel: An ancient kingdom of Palestine founded by Saul c. 1025 B.C. After 933 it split into the Northern Kingdom, or kingdom of Israel, and the kingdom of Judah to the south.
 
Lebanon: A country of southwest Asia on the Mediterranean Sea. The site of ancient Phoenicia, the region was gradually absorbed by the Persian Empire and later conquered by Alexander the Great.
 
Zion: The historic land of Israel as a symbol of the Jewish people.
 
Gilead: A mountainous region of ancient Palestine east of the Jordan River in what is now northwest Jordan.
 
David: The second king of Judah and Israel. According to the Bible, he slew the Philistine giant Goliath and succeeded Saul as king. He is the reputed author of many of the Psalms. He is the father of Solomon.
 
Lebanon: A country of southwest Asia on the Mediterranean Sea. The site of ancient Phoenicia, the region was gradually absorbed by the Persian Empire and later conquered by Alexander the Great.
 
Senir: (Shenir) the name given to Herman by the Amorites It means "coat of mail" or "breatplate," and is equivalent to "Sirion." Some interpret the word as meaning "the prominent" or "the snowy mountain." It is properly the name of the central of the three summits of Hermon. http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/senir.html
 
Hermon: The highest peak, 2,815.8 m of the Anti-Lebanon Range on the Syria-Lebanon border. It was sacred to the worshipers of Baal and is considered the traditional site of Jesus's transfiguration.
 
Tirzah: Evidently the area was first occupied before 3000 BC and thereafter Tirzah continued on and off as an important Canaanite city, with massive towns walls. The first mention of Tirzah in the Bible is in connection with the initial phase of the Hebrew conquest, in which its Canaanite ruler was included in the list of the thirty-one kings defeated by Joshua. http://www.ourfatherlutheran.net/biblehomelands/palestine/tirzah.htm
 
Heshbon: meaning: intelligence; a city ruled over by Sihon, king of the Amorites. It was taken by Moses and became afterwards a Levitical city  in the tribe of Reuben . After the Exile it was taken possession of by the Moabites . The ruins of this town are still seen about 20 miles east of Jordan from the north end of the Dead Sea. There are reservoirs in this district, which are probably the "fishpools" referred to in Song of Solomon.
 
Bath-rabbim: Meaning: daughter of many; the name of one of the gates of the city of Heshbon near which were pools, as stated in Songs of Solomon.
 
Damascus: an ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria.
 
Carmel: A limestone ridge of northwest Israel extending about 24 km (15 mi) from the Plain of Esdraelon northwest to the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Baal-hamon: in the Bible, location of Solomon's vineyard.

 

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