THE PERFECT BATTLEFIELD, as Napoleon once described it, Jezreel Valley in northern Israel isn’t just the site of dozens of famous battles—including one that killed King Saul and his sons. It’s also the most fertile farmland in the country, today specializing in wheat, cotton, and sunflowers.
Some Bible students say it’s probably where the end-time Battle of Armageddon will be fought, though many others say they doubt there will be such a battle.
Armageddon isn’t a legit word, most scholars agree. Best guess: it’s a combo word John minted for the Book of Revelation: Har Megiddo, meaning “hill of Megiddo.”
Megiddo was a hilltop fortress overlooking the valley.
Today, the valley is home to a patchwork quilt of farms, cities, and the Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base.
Excerpt from Stephen M. Miller’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, coming April 1, 2013