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The earliest mention of city-building is that of the pre-Flood city of Enoch, which was built by Cain, son of Adam (Gen. 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 (Num. 13:22). The Israelites in Egypt were employed in building the “treasure cities” of Pithom and Raamses (Ex. 1:11); but it does not seem that they had any cities of their own in Goshen (Gen. 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 (Num. 21:21, 32,33,35; 32:1-3, 34-42; Deut. 3:4,5, 14; 1 Kings 4:13). On the west of Jordan were thirty-one “royal cities” (Josh. 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 Chr. 11:11; Deut. 3:5). There was also within the city generally a tower to which the citizens might flee when danger threatened them (Judg. 9:46-52).

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 (Num. 35:2-7).

Cities of Refuge

There were six cities of refuge, three 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. The regulations concerning these cities are given in Num. 35:9-34; Deut. 19:1-13; Ex. 21:12-14.

City of David

When David reduced the fortress of the Jebusites which stood on Mount Zion, he built on the site of it a palace and a city, which he called by his own name (1 Chr. 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.)

Things in cities

Biblical cities include:

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

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