Solomon's 12 administrative districts
Solomon replaces tribal leaders He sets up 12 districts and appoints directors Excerpt from 1 Kings 4: 7Solomon created 12 administrative districts in Israel.  Each district provided a month’s worth of food for the king and the royal family. 8These are the names of Solomon's 12 supervisors of his administrative districts. They became taxing machines to fund the kingdom. Solomon's administrative districts 1-6 Ben-hur Hills of Ephraim 9Ben-deker Cities of Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan; 10Ben-hesed Arubboth, Socoh, and all the land of Hepher 11Ben-abinadab, he married Taphath, Solomon’s daughter Naphath-dor 12Baana son of Ahilud Cities of Taanach, Megiddo, Beth-shan, by the... Read more
Map Persian province of Judah
Map of the Persian province of Judah After the Jewish nation of Judah fell to Babylonian invaders in 586, many survivors lived in exile. Some returned 50 years later, when Persians freed them. It was only a partial freedom. The Jews lived for the next 200 years as a tiny province of Persia: Yehud, which is translated "Judah" or "Judea." It was roughly a 40-mile-wide square plug of ground (60 km), in territory that became known as Palestine. The Jewish province included Jerusalem and beyond, into what are now central parts of Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories. Jerusalem is where... Read more
Map of Judah as a Persian province
Map of Hosea's world
Map of Hosea's world of Israel and Judah and surrounding countries in the mid-700s BC.
Map of Micah's world
Map of Micah's world of Israel and Judah and surrounding countries in the 700s BC.
Map of Amos' trip to Samaria
Map of Amos' trip to Samaria in the northern Jewish nation of Israel. He warns them to stop cheating the poor and most vulnerable people, and to stop worshiping at forbidden shrines and temples.