Jerusalem History Highlights
3000 BCE Melchizedek the Jebusite king of Jerusalem believes in the one God.
Abraham meets Melchizedek and they sign a peace agreement
2000 BCE Isaac signs a peace agreement with Abimelech, the king of the Philistines.
Esau sells his right to the land of Canaan to Jacob.
Jacob and his 12 sons go to live in Egypt.
1200 BCE the children of Israel return to the Land of Canaan. The name changes to Judah..
1000 BCE David becomes king and makes Jerusalem his capital.
586 BCE The Babylonians destroy the temple and Jerusalem and take the Jews into exile in Babylon
450 BCE The Persian king Cyrus sends the Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the temple
160 BCE the Maccabees rebel against the Greeks, rekindle the Menorah
40 BCE Herod becomes king of Judea
0 Jesus is born and the Christian era begins
70 the Romans destroy the temple and Jerusalem
135 CE the Jews rebel against the Romans
635 CE the Moslems conquer Jerusalem
1199 The Crusaders conquer Jerusalem
1917 the British conquer Jerusalem
1948 the Jews re-establish the Jewish State and call it Israel.