“Joshua did to them as the LORD had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire. Then Joshua turned back at that time, and captured Hazor and struck its king with the sword; for Hazor formerly was the head of all these kingdoms. They struck every person who was in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was no one left who breathed. And he burned Hazor with fire. Joshua captured all the cities of these kings, and all their kings, and he struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them; just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded. However, Israel did not burn any cities that stood on their mounds, except Hazor alone, which Joshua burned.” Joshua 11:9-13
Hazor is the largest biblical era site in Israel encompassing approximately 200 acres. Tel Hazor is a mound of civilizations built on ancient Hazor. The multilayered tel of Hazor is a fascinating site, allowing visitors to look at more than five millennia of layers of civilization. It is now a national park with an antiquities museum and archaeological sites. The meaning of Hazor is to enclose, or fortify. One of the reasons why Hazor is an important place for Christians to connect is because of the rich history according to the Bible. The first mention of the city was in the book of Joshua, where Joshua obeyed by conquering and destroying Hazor.
Mentioned in the book of Judges chapter 4, Hazor was under the rule of a king by the name of Jabin. His army, under the command of Sisera, pushed southward in an attempt to drive the Israelites out of Israel. The Canaanite forces were engaged by the Israelites under Barak with the prophetess Deborah as his advisor. The Israelites were victorious against the Canaanites and Barak and Deborah were heroes (Judges 4:9-14).