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Cities of the Bible

The earliest mention of city-building is that of the pre-Flood city of Enoch, which was built by Cain, son of Adam (Genesis 4:17).

After the Flood and the confusion of tongues at Babel, the descendants of Nimrod founded several cities (10:10-12).

Next, we have a record of the cities of the Canaanites, Sidon, Gaza, Sodom, etc. (10:12, 19; 11:3, 9; 36:31-39). The earliest description of a city is that of Sodom (19:1-22).

Damascus is said to be the oldest of the post-Flood cities still inhabited today.

Before the time of Abraham there were cities in Egypt (Numbers 13:22). The Israelites in Egypt were employed in building the “treasure cities” of Pithom and Raamses (Exodus 1:11); but it does not seem that they had any cities of their own in Goshen (Genesis 46:34; 47:1-11).

In the kingdom of Og in Bashan there were sixty “great cities with walls,” and twenty-three cities in Gilead partly rebuilt by the tribes on the east of Jordan (Numbers 21:21, 32,33,35; 32:1-3, 34-42; Deuteronomy 3:4,5, 14; 1 Kings 4:13). On the west of Jordan were thirty-one “royal cities” (Joshua 12), besides many others spoken of in the history of Israel.

Fenced Cities

A fenced city was a city surrounded by fortifications and high walls, with watch-towers upon them (2 Chronicles 11:11; Deuteronomy 3:5). There was also within the city generally a tower to which the citizens might flee when danger threatened them (Judges 9:46-52).

Cities of Refuge

There were 6 cities of refuge, 3 on each side of Jordan, namely, Kadesh, Shechem, Hebron, on the west of Jordan; and on the east, Bezer, Ramoth-gilead, and Golan. The cities on each side of the river were nearly opposite each other. See: CITIES OF REFUGE

City of David

When David destroyed the fortress of the Jebusites which stood on Mount Zion, he built on the site a palace and a city, which he called by his own name (1 Chronicles 11:5), the city of David. Bethlehem is also so called as being David’s native town (Luke 2:4).

Holy City

Jerusalem is called the Holy City, the holiness of the temple being regarded as extending in some measure over the whole city (Neh. 11:1).

Treasure cities

Pithom and Raamses, built by the Israelites as “treasure cities,” were not places where royal treasures were kept, but were fortified towns where merchants might store their goods and transact their business in safety, or cities in which munitions of war were stored. (See PITHOM.)

Levitical cities (list)

  1. Ain
  2. Anathoth
  3. Anem
  4. Ayalon Valley
  5. Beth-Shemesh
  6. Bethoron (Beth-Horon)
  7. Bezer
  8. Bosor
  9. Daberath
  10. Eshtemoa
  11. Geba
  12. Gezer
  13. Golan
  14. Heshbon
  15. Jarmuth
  16. Jazer (Numbers 32:1; 32:3; Joshua 13:25)
  17. Kartah
  18. Kedesh
  19. Kibzaim
  20. Mahanaim
  21. Nahalal (Nahalal)
  22. Ramoth-Gilead
  23. Shechem
  24. Taanach (Ta'anakh, Ti'inik, or Ti’innik)
  25. Jokneam (aka Jokneam Illit, Yokneam Illit, and Yokneam

List of Biblical cities

  1. Abel-beth-maachah
  2. Abdon
  3. Accad (Akkad)
  4. Accho
  5. Acco
  6. Achmetha
  7. Achzib (Achziv)
  8. Achshaph
  9. Adam —miracle here
  10. Adamah —destroyed by God
  11. Adramyttium
  12. Adullam
  13. Aeolis
  14. Ai
  15. Aid-el-ma
  16. Aijalon
  17. Ajalon
  18. Akkad
  19. Alemeth
  20. Alexandria
  21. Almon
  22. Amphipolis
  23. Anab
  24. Ananiah
  25. Anathoth
  26. Anem
  27. Aner
  28. Anim
  29. Antioch
  30. Antipatris
  31. Aphek
  32. Aphik
  33. Apollonia
  34. Ar
  35. Arab
  36. Arad
  37. Archi
  38. Arimathea
  39. Aroer
  40. Arpad
  41. Arvad
  42. Ascalon
  43. Ashdod
  44. Ashkelon
  45. Askelon
  46. Ashtaroth
  47. Ashterah
  48. Asshur
  49. Ataroth
  50. Athens
  51. Azekah
  52. Baal
  53. Baalbec
  54. Baal-gad
  55. Baal-hazor
  56. Baal-hermon
  57. Baalah
  58. Baale of Judah
  59. Babel
  60. Babylon—miracle here
  61. Baghdad
  62. Bajith
  63. Balah
  64. Bashan havoth jair
  65. Beeroth
  66. Beersheba
  67. Bela
  68. Berea
  69. Betah
  70. Beth-anath
  71. Beth-anoth
  72. Beth-arabah
  73. Beth-dagon
  74. Beth-diblathaim
  75. Beth-gamul
  76. Bethshan
  77. Beth-Omri
  78. Beth-shean
  79. Beth-shemesh
  80. Bethel
  81. Bethsaida
  82. Bethuel
  83. Bethlehem—miracles here, birthplace of David and Jesus Christ
  84. Bezer
  85. Bozrah
  86. Cabul
  87. Caesara Philippi
  88. Caesarea
  89. Calah
  90. Calneh
  91. Camon
  92. Capernaum—miracles here
  93. Carchemish
  94. Cenchrea
  95. Chephirah
  96. Chinnereth
  97. Chor-ashan
  98. Chorazin
  99. Chun
  100. Cinnereth
  101. The City of Salt
  102. The City of Palm Trees
  103. Colossae
  104. Corinth
  105. Cuthah
  106. Cyrene
  107. Damascus
  108. Dannah
  109. Debir
  110. Diblathaim
  111. Dibon
  112. Dimnah
  113. Dinhabah
  114. Dor
  115. Dothan
  116. Ecbatana
  117. Eder
  118. Edrei
  119. Eglon
  120. Egyptian cities
  121. Elath
  122. Elon
  123. Eltekeh
  124. En-gannim
  125. Enoch—first city (antediluvian)
  126. Ephah
  127. Ephesus
  128. Ephratah
  129. Ephrath
  130. Erech
  131. Eshtemoa
  132. Etam
  133. Ezion-geber
  134. Gadara
  135. Gath
  136. Gath-rimmon
  137. Gaulanitisrefuge
  138. Gaza
  139. Geba
  140. Gebal
  141. Gedor
  142. Gennesaret
  143. Gezer
  144. Gibbethon
  145. Gibeah of Judah
  146. Gibeah of Phinehas
  147. Gibeon
  148. Giloh
  149. Gimzo
  150. Gittite
  151. Golanrefuge
  152. Gomorrah—destroyed by God
  153. Hadashah
  154. Hammath
  155. Hammon
  156. Hammoth-dor
  157. Haran
  158. Harosheth of the Gentiles
  159. Hazar-gaddah
  160. Hazar-shual
  161. Hazar-susah
  162. Hazor
  163. Hazor-hadattah
  164. Hebron
  165. Heleph
  166. Heliopolis
  167. Hena
  168. Hepher
  169. Heshbon
  170. Hierapolis
  171. Horem
  172. Horonaim
  173. Ibleam
  174. Iconium
  175. Idalah
  176. Iim
  177. Ijon
  178. Irha-heres
  179. Ivah
  180. Jaazer
  181. Jabesh-Gilead
  182. Jabneel
  183. Jagur
  184. Janoah
  185. Jano’hah
  186. Jarmuth
  187. Jattir
  188. Jazer (Numbers 32:1; 32:3; Joshua 13:25)
  189. Jebus
  190. Jericho—miracle here
  191. Jerusalem—miracles here
  192. Jeshanah
  193. Jeshua
  194. Jethlah
  195. Jokdeam
  196. Jokmeam
  197. Jokneam
  198. Joktheel
  199. Joppa
  200. Juttah—birthplace of John the Baptist
  201. Kabzeel
  202. Kadesh
  203. Kartah
  204. Kartan
  205. Kedemoth
  206. Kedesh
  207. Keilah
  208. Kenath
  209. Kerioth
  210. Keziz
  211. Kibzaim
  212. Kinah
  213. Kir-haraseth
  214. Kir
  215. Kirjath-arba
  216. Kirjath-huzoth
  217. Kirjath-jearim
  218. Kirjath-sannah
  219. Kirjath-sepher
  220. Kirjath
  221. Kirjathaimrefuge
  222. Kishion
  223. Kitron
  224. Laban
  225. Lachish
  226. Laish
  227. Laodicea
  228. Lasaea
  229. Libnah
  230. Luz
  231. Lystra
  232. Madmen
  233. Madon
  234. Magdala
  235. Mahanaim
  236. Makkedah
  237. Maktesh
  238. Mareshah
  239. Medeba
  240. Megiddo
  241. Memphis
  242. MephaathLevitical
  243. Middin
  244. Migdal-el
  245. Mishal
  246. Mitylene
  247. Mizpah
  248. Moladah
  249. Mozah
  250. Naamah
  251. Nahallal
  252. Nazareth
  253. Neapolis
  254. Nibshan
  255. Nicopolis
  256. Nimrah
  257. Nineveh
  258. No
  259. NobLevitical
  260. Nobah
  261. Noph
  262. Nophah
  263. On
  264. Open place
  265. Ophni
  266. Ophrah
  267. Palestinae
  268. Patara
  269. Pau
  270. Pelusium
  271. Penuel—miracle here
  272. Pergamos
  273. Pethor
  274. Petra
  275. Philadelphia
  276. Philippi
  277. Pithom
  278. Ptolemais
  279. Puteoli
  280. Raamses
  281. Rabbah
  282. Rakkath
  283. Rama
  284. RamothLevitical
  285. Ramoth-gilead —a refuge
  286. Rehoboth
  287. Resen
  288. Rimmon
  289. Rome
  290. Salamis
  291. Salcah
  292. Sardis
  293. Secacah
  294. Seleucia
  295. Sepharvaim
  296. Shaaraim
  297. Shalem
  298. Shalem
  299. Shechem
  300. Shiloh
  301. Shimron-meron
  302. Shimron
  303. Sichem
  304. Sidon
  305. Sin
  306. Smyrna
  307. Socho
  308. Sodom—destroyed by God
  309. Succoth
  310. Taanach
  311. Tanis (called Zoan)
  312. Tadmor
  313. Tahapanes
  314. Tappuah
  315. Tarsus
  316. Thebez
  317. Tekoa
  318. Thessalonica
  319. Thyatira
  320. Tiberias
  321. Tibhath
  322. Timna
  323. Timnath-serah
  324. Tirza
  325. Troas
  326. Tyre
  327. Ur
  328. Uzal
  329. Zarethan (a.k.a. Zaretan, Zartanah, Zarthan and Zeredathah, Zeredah) (see: Joshua 3:16; 1 Kings 4:12; 7:46; 2 Chronicles 4:17)
  330. Zareth-shahar
  331. Zeboim—destroyed by God
  332. Zeboim
  333. Zidon
  334. Zior
  335. Ziph
  336. Ziphron
  337. Zoan

Suburbs

A city with suburbs was a city surrounded with open pasture-grounds, such as the forty-eight cities which were given to the Levites (Numbers 35:2-7).

Things in cities

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Article Version: May 10, 2019