Arimathea, according to the Gospel of Luke (xxiii. 51), was "a city of Judea". It was the home town of Joseph of Arimathea, who appears in accounts of the Passion for having donated his new tomb outside of Jerusalem for the body of Jesus.Arimathea is often held to be another name for Ramathaim-Zophim in Ephraim, the birth-place of Samuel, where David came to Samuel. (1 Sam. 1:1, 19), Others identify it with Ramlah in Dan, or Ramah in Benjamin. (Matt. 2:18)The fortunate appearance of this man coming from Arimathea would have been deeply impressive to the first-century listeners of the story of the Crucifixion. Joseph is given a more extensive story in the apocryphal Acts of Pilate, though the work is considered late fiction. The Catholic Encyclopedia asserts that "the additional details which are found concerning Joseph in the apocryphal Acta Pilati, are unworthy of credence."
Azotus (Greek: Αζωτος), a Greek name for an ancient Philistine city, is identified by different authorities with either: Gaza, now the largest city within the Gaza Strip, part of the Palestinian TerritoriesAshdod, now a city in the Southern District of Israel
Samaria, or the Shomron (Hebrew: שֹׁמְרוֹן, Standard Šoməron Tiberian Šōmərôn; Arabic: سامريّون, Sāmariyyūn or ألسامرة, as-Samarah – also known as جبال نابلس, Jibal Nablus; Greek: Σαμάρεια) is a term used for the mountainous northern part of the West Bank.The name "Samaria" derives from an ancient city of the same name, which was located near the center of Samaria, and was the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. The etymology of the word is perhaps from shâmar, 'to watch,' hence meaning something like 'look-out'; but, according to 1 Kings 16:24, it is derived from the individual [or clan] Shemer, from whom Omri purchased the site.
Ephraim (Hebrew: אֶפְרַיִם/אֶפְרָיִם, Standard Efráyim Tiberian ʾEp̄ráyim/ʾEp̄rāyim) was, according to the Book of Genesis, the second son of Joseph and Asenath,...