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Bible writers usually described Jerusalem as “up” from everywhere because it sat on the ridge of a hill. People had to climb to get to Jerusalem. The phrase expressed a sense of reverence toward what became known as the Holy City.
Half a mile high
Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel, located in the Middle East. Jerusalem sits half a mile high in the Judean Mountains. Elevation: approximately 760 meters (2493 feet) above sea level. Hills, valleys, and plateaus surround the city, making it a challenging location to invade or conquer.
The Old City of Jerusalem is surrounded by walls and divided into four quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. The city's most significant religious sites, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock, are located within these quarters.
Jerusalem is also home to the Mount of Olives, one of the city's most prominent landmarks. The mountain is mentioned in the Bible as the site where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion. It offers stunning views of the city, including the Old City walls and the Dome of the Rock.
Hot, dry town
The city's climate is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters, with occasional snowfall. it's landscape is mainly arid, with most of the vegetation consisting of native flora, including pine and cypress trees.
The city's religious sites are among the most famous in the world, making it a popular destination for visitors of all backgrounds.
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Plot to kill Paul
Roman army rushes Paul to Caesarea
Some Jews hatched a plot to kill Paul. They made a promise to each other. They agreed they wouldn’t eat or drink again until they killed Paul. 13More than 40 souls joined this conspiracy. 14They went to the top priests and other Jewish leaders and told them about the plot: “We have made a pact with each other. We have agreed not to eat another thing until we have killed Paul. 15Here’s what we want you to do. Send a message to the Roman commander. Tell him to bring Paul here to you, as though you’re going to investigate his case more thoroughly. We’ll be ready and waiting to kill Paul when he gets here.”
16Paul’s young nephew heard about the ambush. He was the son of Paul’s sister. He went to the army barracks and told his Uncle Paul about it.
17Paul called in one of the officers.  Paul said, “Would you take this young man  to the commander? He has something to report to him.”
18The officer took Paul’s nephew to the commander and said, “The prisoner Paul asked me to bring this young fellow to you because he has something to tell you.”
19The commander took Paul’s nephew by the hand, walked him away from the others, and said, “What do you have to tell me?”
20Paul’s nephew said, “The Jews have a plan to kill Paul tomorrow. They agreed to ask you to bring him to the council so they can investigate his case some more. 21But you shouldn’t let them talk you into it. More than 40 men will be waiting there to kill Paul. They have taken a vow not to eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They’re ready to kill him now. They’re just waiting for you to give your approval to send Paul in.”
22The commander gave the young man an order: “Don’t tell anyone you told me about this.”
IT'S OFF TO A CAESAREA JAIL
23The commander called in two of his officers,  each one the commander of a unit of 100 soldiers. “By nine o’clock tonight I want 200 soldiers, 70 cavalry on horseback, and 200 spearmen ready to go to Caesarea.  24And I want you to take horses for Paul to ride. I want to make sure you get him safely to Governor Felix.” 
25The commander wrote a letter to the governor.
26From Claudius Lysias, to the Honorable Governor Felix. Hello. I wish you the best. 27This man I’m sending you got arrested by the Jews. They were about to kill him. I arrived with soldiers just in time to rescue him. I discovered he’s a Roman citizen. 28I wanted to know what crime the Jews were charging him with, so I took him to the Jewish Council. 29I found out they were accusing him of something that had to do with their religious law. But it wasn’t anything that warranted prison or execution. 30When I found out about a plot to kill him, I immediately sent him to you. I’ve ordered the people accusing him to take their accusations to you.
31The soldiers did as ordered. They took Paul as far as the city of Antipatris.  32The next day  the soldiers headed back to Jerusalem. The cavalry finished the job of escorting Paul to Caesarea. 33When the cavalry got to Caesarea, they handed Paul over to the governor. And they delivered their commander’s letter. 34Felix read the letter. Then he asked Paul what Roman province he came from. When he found out Paul came from Cilicia,  35he said, “I’ll hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered Paul kept under guard in the prison that Herod the Great  built into the governor’s headquarters.
Acts 23:12-35, Casual English Bible
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