Located in central Israel. Nablus is close to it on the southeast, with Dothan to the northeast.
Capital, residence, and burial place of kings of Israel, the Northern Kingdom (1 Kings 16:23-24, 28, 22:37. 2 Kings 6:24-30)
Center of Baal
worship (1 Kings 16:29-33)
killed many prophets here (1 Kings 18:2, 4)
It fell to the Assyrians in 721 BC after a three-year siege.