Samaria

Captial of the Northern Kingdom of Israel

Samaria

Shechem was the first capital of the Northern Kingdom. Jeroboam seems later to have removed the royal residence to Tirzah. After the brief reigns of Elah and Zimri came that of Omri, who reigned 6 years in Tirzah, then he purchased the hill of Samaria and built a city there, which was thenceforward the metropolis of the kingdom of Israel. There are many prophetic references to the enormities practiced here, and to their inevitable consequences.

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