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Megiddo (Hebrew: מגידו‎) is a Hebrew place name that can refer to:


Travel guide

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Megiddo is an archaeological site and National Park in northern Israel and a popular destination for travellers interested in the history and archaeology of the region. It represents a large city mound on the southern edge of the Jezreel Valley and has been the site of several major battles. In 2005 Megiddo was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the joint Bibical tels listing, alongside Hazor and Beer Sheva.

Get in

Tel Megiddo National Park is on Route 66 between Megiddo Junction and Yokne'am Junction, about 2 kilometers northwest of Megiddo junction. Kibbutz Megiddo lies nearby.

  • Megiddo National Park, +972-6-652-2167 (fax: +972-6-642-0312), [1]. April - September 8 am -5 pm, October - March 8 am - 4 pm. adults NIS 23, children NIS 12; groups: adults NIS 19, children NIS 11. Entry is included on the Israel National Parks card.  edit

Do

Megiddo is the site of biannual summer excavations [2] conducted by Tel Aviv University and a consortium of overseas institutions - volunteers are welcomed (fees apply for participation and college credit) on each campaign from all over the world.

Eat

There is a restaurant and several kiosks within the Visitors' Centre.

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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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Meaning: place of troops

Originally one of the royal cities of the Canaanites (Josh 12:21), belonged to the tribe of Manasseh (Jdg 1:27), but does not seem to have been fully occupied by the Israelites till the time of Solomon (1 Kg 4:12; 1 Kg 9:15).

The valley or plain of Megiddo was part of the plain of Esdraelon, the great battle-field of Palestine. It was here Barak gained a notable victory over Jabin, the king of Hazor, whose general, Sisera, led on the hostile army. Barak rallied the warriors of the northern tribes, and under the encouragement of Deborah, the prophetess, attacked the Canaanites in the great plain. The army of Sisera was thrown into complete confusion, and was engulfed in the waters of the Kishon, which had risen and overflowed its banks (Jdg 4:5).

Many years after this (B.C. 610), Pharaohnecho II., on his march against the king of Assyria, passed through the plains of Philistia and Sharon; and King Josiah, attempting to bar his progress in the plain of Megiddo, was defeated by the Egyptians. He was wounded in battle, and died as they bore him away in his chariot towards Jerusalem (2Kg 23:29; 2Chr 35:22-24), and all Israel mourned for him. So general and bitter was this mourning that it became a proverb, to which Zechariah (12:11, 12) alludes. Megiddo has been identified with the modern el-Lejjun, at the head of the Kishon, under the north-eastern brow of Carmel, on the south-western edge of the plain of Esdraelon, and 9 miles west of Jezreel. Others identify it with Mujedd'a, 4 miles south-west of Bethshean, but the question of its site is still undetermined.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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