After staying in Haifa for a few days, we left for Jericho, which is located in the West Bank by the Jordan River. Jericho is part of the Palestinian territories. The purpose of our trip to Jericho was to visit, what they believe to be, evidence of a 10,000 year old town. Interestingly enough, Jericho is the lowest, inhabited city on Earth. Although our stop in Jericho was less than fifteen minutes, I still found this an important city to visit because of the Biblical history. Then again, the whole country of Israel is full of biblical history...but I was excited to see the city where, according to the book of Joshua, the Battle of Jericho took place. The Israelites tried to take over Canaan and succeeded by marching around the walls, blowing trumpets, and eventually the walls came tumbling down.
Joshua 6 verse 1, 20, 21
6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.