When did the King’s Highway lose its trees?

Reforested area in Israel near the King’s Highway

Add to trees, kings highway.

Those Jews. They cry and they get anything they want.

Preface with professor. Well known fact that trees increase rainfall.

The King’s Highway was once thick with trees.

This trail carried trade from Egypt across the Sinai Peninsula to Aqaba, north to Damascus and the Euphrates River. Here the kings of Edom and of Amor refused the Hebrews’ passage (Numbers 20:17, 21:22), yet Israel defeated the Amorites by “the edge of the sword.”

In King David’s day, the area had many, many trees. See the Battle of Ephraim’s Wood in 2 Samuel 18:8, when “the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured,” and an oak tree snatched Absalom by the hair and dangled him in air.

But in the 14th Century, the Ottoman Turk Empire taxed trees almost out of existence.

Deforested view of King’s Highway in Jordan.

The modern highways 35 and 15 follow this route across Jordan from Aqaba to Irbid.


Red Line = King’s Highway, Blue Line = Via Maris

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