The mountains of Israel comprise the heart of the Land promised by God to the children of Israel. They are Judea and Samaria, originally the inheritance of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Joseph.

Bethel, Ai, Shilo, and Shechem -made famous by Abraham, Jacob and Joshua – are located in the mountains of Israel. Joshua and the bones of Joseph (Joshua 24:30, 32) were buried in this area.

Bethany – the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; Bethlehem – the home of David and the birthplace of Jesus; Hebron – where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob are buried and,

Jerusalem – where the Holy Temple stood, where David and Solomon ruled, and where Jesus died and rose again.

It may surprise you to learn that the so-called West Bank includes all the places mentioned above. The West Bank and the mountains of Israel are nearly identical.[1] 

The Mountains of Israel

The Bible & the West Bank

by Norma Parrish Archbold [2]

The Mountains of Israel is a short, easy to read in one sitting book, just slightly over 100 pages. However, the importance of understanding what Norma Archbold shares is paramount.

What is the West Bank? Why doesn’t Israel simply give it to the ‘Palestinians’ if it would mean peace? Whose land is it anyway? Is opposing Jewish resettlement of the Holy Land opposing the will of G-d?

Norma Archbold presents clear and concise answers to these questions from a Scriptural perspective, providing maps, charts, and illustrations to to help her readers better understand the Arab-Israeli conflict in light of Scripture. 


But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel; for they are about to come.

For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.

I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.

I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” [3]

image121The Mountains of Israel, pg. 3



1. Norma Parrish Archbold, The Mountains of Israel, pg. 1
2. “Norma Archbold served the Lord in Jerusalem and the ‘West Bank’ from 1989 to 1996 where she provided free Bibles for Arabs, arranged for emergency aid to Christians, and fought for high standards of truth in the media, as well as for the release of new believers jailed and tortured by the PA [Palestinian Authority or PLO].”
~ CFI – Christian Friends of Israel
3. Ezekiel 36:8-11

~ Cindy

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