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Zaretan

Zaretan, also known as Zartanah and Zeredathah, was a town upriver from where the Israelites crossed The Jordan River into their promised land. To make possible the Israelites' crossing of the Jordan while it "overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest," The Lord caused "the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan."

Where The Waters "rose up upon a heap"

The Jordan River It was the second time that The Lord miraculously used natural means (not a contradiction - see Is This How The Red Sea Parted?) for the people of Israel to cross a barrier of water. The first, at the Red Sea, "The Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land" (Exodus 14:21 KJV) and the Jordan was crossed by a temporary dam about 30 miles upriver, near Zaretan.

"And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests [see Levites] that bear The Ark of The Lord, The Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap."

"And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing The Ark Of The Covenant [see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark] before the people; And as they that bare The Ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare The Ark were dipped in the brim of the water, for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest, That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. And the priests that bare The Ark of the covenant of The Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan" (Joshua 3:13-17 KJV)

In later years, a casting facility was established at Zaretan / Zeredathah for the making of the metal articles of the Temple that The Lord commanded to be built (see Temples, also "My Father's House"):

"And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for King Solomon for the house of God; To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars; And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars. He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; One sea, and twelve oxen under it. The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of The Lord of bright brass see Brass, Bronze, Copper]."

"In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah" (2 Chronicles 4:11-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does the territorial extent of the land of Israel differ today from the time of King Solomon?
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