Valley Gate of Jerusalem:

The Valley Gate was repaired by Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors, the locks, and the bars, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate. (Nehemiah 3: 13).

The Valley Gate was located in the southwest corner of Jerusalem. It opens to the Valley of Hinnom which circles around Jerusalem from the west to the south of the city. This is the gate where Nehemiah began his nocturnal inspection of the walls shortly after his arrival in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:13). The Valley Gate is in the western wall along the slope of the City of David leading into the Tyropoeon Valley.

Fortified with towers by King Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:9), the Valley Gate suffered great damage, along with the rest of the city wall, when Jerusalem was destroyed in 587/6 B.C. Before beginning his rebuilding project (Myers. 1987), Nehemiah passed through the Valley Gate at night to inspect the damage to the walls (Nehemiah 2:13–15). Repairs made by Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah on the gate and the 1000 cubits of city wall separating it from the Dung Gate.


Myers, Allen C. (1987). The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987), 1034–1035.

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Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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