Nations Across the Jordan River

The small nations of Ammon, Moab, and Edom lay east of the Jordan River, and the people of these nations were distantly related to the Israelites. The Ammonites and Moabites were descended from Abraham’s nephew Lot, and the Edomites were descended from Jacob’s twin brother Esau. The Israelites had passed by these nations on the way to the Promised Land and battled against them at various times throughout history. David eventually subjugated the Moabites and the Edomites, but many years later they regained their independence. While much animosity often existed between Israel and these nations, the Bible also recounts how Naomi and her husband moved to Moab to seek relief from a famine, and Naomi’s descendant David placed his parents in the care of the king of Moab while he was on the run from King Saul. The people of Edom eventually migrated to the area just south of Judea (Israel) around the time that many Judeans were exiled to Babylon. Herod the Great, who was king of Judea hundreds of years later at the time of Jesus’ birth, was actually an Edomite (Idumean). The Maccabean rulers had forcibly converted the Edomites to Judaism over a hundred years earlier.

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  1. Hi
    How do you default to these base colors in Biblemapper 5? My default map has a very bright green for lowland areas, yellow/orange for higher terrain and a gray color for the rift valley (I definitely want to change that gray). I would sure like to change these colors without too much work.

    1. You can change the base terrain different ways. The one I have been using in almost all of the blog images uses the DynAtlas1 terrain tile, which can be automatically downloaded from our site (internet connection required) by opening a Bible Mapper map and then going to the File menu option and selecting “Autoload Terrain Tiles”. That will give you several different terrain tile options. See the Bible Mapper help system for various ways to change the base terrain. You can also open the Display dialog and go to the Other tab. Then check the monochrome terrain option. This will apply a single color to all terrain, while superimposing hill shading over it. See the Bible Mapper help system.

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