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Plain of Sharon in Wikipedia
The Sharon Plain (Hebrew: שרון) is the northern half of the
coastal plain of Israel. Its largest city is Netanya.
The Plain lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and
the Samarian Hills, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the east. It
stretches from Haifa and Mount Carmel in the north to the
Yarkon River in the south, at the edge of the present city of
Tel Aviv, about 90 kilometres (56 mi). Parts of the Plain are
included in the Haifa, Center, and Tel Aviv Districts of
Israel. In 2008 The Sharon Plain was home to 1,131,600
people, 965,300 of them (85.3%) are Jews, and 166,300
(14.6%) are Arabs.
The Plain of Sharon is mentioned in the Bible. In ancient
times, the plain was particularly fertile and populous.
Zionist immigrants arrived in the early 20th century, and
populated the region with many settlements. In 2008, it was
the most densely populated region of Israel.
Plain of Sharon Travel Information
For Isaiah, the Plain of Sharon was the ultimate symbol
of beauty. It was also the region from which Christianity
set sail to the world. Today, the Sharon region boasts
beautiful farmland as well as flourishing cities, while
the biblical names endure and the sites still tell their
Lydda (today called Lod) in the southern Sharon is where
Peter healed Aeneas, and “all those who lived Lydda and
Sharon saw him and turned toward the Lord” (Acts 9:34).
In the seaport of Joppa, where King Hiram of Tyre sent
the Cedars of Lebanon to Solomon to build the Temple,
Peter raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36-40). Joppa
was also the scene of Peter`s rooftop vision at the house
of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:9-16). The vision led him
straight to the great city of Caesarea in the northern
Sharon, and to Cornelius, who, thanks to Peter, became
the first gentile to accept Christianity.
From Caesarea`s busy port, ships set sail far and wide;
many Christians must have embarked on their journey from
here, carrying their new faith to distant lands. Paul`s
missionary journeys brought him to Caesarea (Acts 18:22;
21:8); he was also imprisoned there, appeared before King
Agrippa II, and then boarded a ship for Rome (Acts 25 and
The Sharon, with its beauty, historical and spiritual
riches, is still a region of splendor and of glories yet
unseen (Isaiah 35:2). (Israel Minister of Tourism)
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