¶Of the hills of Israel. Cap. 21.
GEnerally the Mountaines of all the land of behest, both on this side, and of that side of Iordane, be called moun∣taines of Israel, and be oft taken for the land of the ten lygnages; that was full of mountaynes, namely of Dan and of Ephraim. For the ten lygnages challen∣ged that name of Israel vnder Ierobo∣am the sonne of Naboth, that was of Ephraim, and reigned first in Sama∣ria, ouer tenne lygnages, as Ierome sayeth.
Page [unnumbered]And it is sayde also in Historia. lib. 3. Regum 13. these mountaines were full of good pasture, and plenteous of fruite, and of good corne, of Oliues and of trées with fruite, and medicinable hearbs and sweete spices. Thereof speaketh Isidore lib. 14. ca. 3. and sayth, that Samaria, is a Countrey of Palestine, & tooke that name of a towne, that was sometime royall in Israel, and now is called Sabastia. This Countrey is to Iury word, and like ther to in hinde: for it is rich of diuers ri∣ches, and beareth noble corne and fruite, and is nobly endowed with water & ri∣uers, and is rich of balme. And so by grace of Elements the Iewes meaned, that honny and milke springeth in that land, for because of great plentie of leese & of pasture in the mountaines of this land, for endlesse many shéepe and other beasts in flockes, be in mountaines ther∣of. Also there be plentie of Bees, which gather hony, & be fed with great sweete∣nesse of hearbs and floures. Also in those Mountaines for temperate aire, & plen∣tie of deaw, corne & fruite ripe full soone, and there was mined golde and siluer, & other mettals. Deu. 8. Out of the veynes of the mountaines of Israel come wells, and riuers: and most firme places are builded in those mountaines. Also wilde beasts, as tigers & Lions, dwell in those mountaines and woods.