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The English "Samaria" is based upon the New Testament Greek word pronounced sam-ar-ee-ah, which itself was based upon the Old Testament Hebrew word, pronounced show-mer-own, which means watch tower, or mountain view. In Bible History, Samaria referred to the central area of the land of Israel, with Judea to the south and Galilee to the north. It is first mentioned specifically by name in the time of Jeroboam, the first king of The Northern Kingdom of "Israel" after The Division Of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" (see also Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties).
"13:32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.
The name Samaria was also given to the city built there by King Omri of Israel (see Omri Of Israel) after he purchased the area from a man named Shemer i.e. Omri "called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria."
"16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria." (1 Kings 16:24 KJV)
"He reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria"
The city of Samaria became the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel from the time of Omri (the capital was Tirzah prior to that; see The Kings Of Tirzah). Like his predecessor kings of Israel, Omri was a corrupt and deviant leader. After he died, and was buried in Samaria, he was succeeded by a king, Ahab, and his wife, Jezebel, who were even more corrupt and deviant. The city of Samaria became a place of blatant evil and idolatry.
"16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD [i.e. evil in the eyes of Jesus Christ; see Christ The Creator, 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament'], and did worse than all that were before him. 16:26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
Numerous prophets of the LORD (including Elijah, Elisha, Hosea and Amos; see also The Prophets: North and South) were sent to warn the northern kingdom of Israel to repent. Instead, the northern kingdom descended deeper into defiant wickedness until the LORD had them conquered by the Assyrians and exiled - thereafter becoming known to history as "the lost ten tribes" of Israel.
"17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.