Bleak, costly, and consuming, from ancient times to the present its ugly head still strikes:
The first war recorded in Scripture—between five southern kings and four eastern kings—is found in Genesis 14:1-14.
You may read Genesis 14 here: Bible Gateway.
Verses 1-14 not only serve as an introduction, but also relay the political and geographical climate of this large territory in Abram’s day. This area stretches north and west of the Sea of Galilee, and winds south through the Jordan Valley to the Red Sea. This prime land bridge between Egypt and Mesopotamia would seal a monopoly on international trade for the king in control.
Shinar, (Babylon, modern day Iraq) launches this war after being subdued for 12 years—along with the other southern kings—to Kedorlaomer. Thinking that the tar pits in the valley of Siddim will be a natural defense, Sodom and Gomorrah kings, along with their southern…
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