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  1. Penuel

    Penuel, also known as the "face of God", is a place not far from Succoth, on the east of the Jordan River and north of the river Jabbok. It is also called "Peniel" by Jacob, meaning 'face of God', "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared." Here Jacob wrestled "with a man" "till the break of day." This episode resulted in God changing Jacob's name to "Israel" which literally means, "He who struggles with God." A town was afterward built there. The men of this place refused to give bread to Gideon and his 300 men when they were in pursuit of the Midianites. On his return, Gideon tore down the tower there and killed all the men of the city. When the Northern Kingdom of Israel broke away from the United Monarchy c. 930 BCE, Jeroboam, its first king, established his capital in Shechem. A short time later, he left Shechem and fortified Penuel, declaring it as his new capital. He and his son, Nadab, ruled there, until Baasha seized the throne in 909 BCE and moved the capital to Tirzah.

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