I previously noted my bewilderment at Luke’s use of the term “hill country.” In an effort to create search parameters, I considered three possibilities:
1) that the expression hill country of Judah must equate with the name of place well known to the first audience;
2) God's possession is sometimes described in the OT as the hill country; and
3) Zachariah as a priest and Elizabeth a daughter of Aaron may be residing in an area set apart for priest.
In the 20th chapter of the Book of Joshua, we read:
1: Then the LORD said to Joshua,
2: "Say to the people of Israel, `Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
3: that the manslayer who kills any person without intent or unwittingly may flee there; they shall be for you a refuge from the avenger of blood.
4: He shall flee to one of these cities and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and explain his case to the elders of that city; then they shall take him into the city, and give him a place, and he shall remain with them.
5: And if the avenger of blood pursues him, they shall not give up the slayer into his hand; because he killed his neighbor unwittingly, having had no enmity against him in times past.
6: And he shall remain in that city until he has stood before the congregation for judgment, until the death of him who is high priest at the time: then the slayer may go again to his own town and his own home, to the town from which he fled.'"
7: So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naph'tali, and Shechem in the hill country of E'phraim, and Kir'iath-ar'ba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.
8: And beyond the
9: These were the cities designated for all the people of
I plan to return to this as I do not know what to make of Zechariah serving in
This is a work in progress.