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New Sayings of Jesus and Fragment of a Lost Gospel from by B.P. Grenfell - L.W. Drexel - A.S. Hunt

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91). , population centers, gateway cities, seaports, and the like) with topographical features that act either as channels for traffic or barriers to travel. , "the road going up to Beth Horon"Josh. 10:10 NIV). Routes tended to follow the easiest-but not necessarily the shortest-distance between two points, avoiding where possible rugged mountainous regions, swampy and sandy areas, and deserts. Most of the natural routes of antiquity can still be followed, even though, thanks to modern road-building machinery, many highways in Israel today violate the land's natural topography.

Central Samaria is separated from Eastern Samaria by a narrow chalk depression forming a direct natural link between Shechem and Beth-shan (1 Sam. 31:12). Central Samaria receives approximately 20-25 inches of rainfall per year. The broad valleys, relatively gentle hills, good soil, and adequate rainfall of Manasseh give shape to a land where shepherds and farmers, grain fields and orchards thrive. This mixed economy provides a . Mount Eballies near the ancient city of Shechem. stable economic base for the region, allowing its inhabitants to live and prosper off the land.

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