Science: Armageddon

Perennial battleground of the ancient world was Armageddon, which lies about ten miles south of Nazareth, 15 miles from the Mediterranean coast of Palestine. The Hebrew word is har magiddo, which may originally have meant "fruitful mountain" or "desirable city." Megiddo, the name by which the site is known to modern archeologists, guards the pass from Egypt through the Carmel ridge to the once-rich valleys of the Euphrates and Tigris. There, according to the Old Testament, "Pharoaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria" and Josiah, in disguise, battled against...

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