The Ancient Road Network
By the Early Bronze Age, a string of Levantine urban centres from Aleppo and Damascus in the north, to Amman and Ma’an in the south, had begun to prosper. Connected by The King’s Highway, these centres formed a link between the eastern Mediterranean and western Asiatic exchange systems. The northern end was further enlarged due to its relationship with Mesopotamia while the southern end stretched out to Egypt and Arabia. 
A western parallel route, ‘The Way of the Sea,’ echoed its eastern neighbour. Shadowing the Mediterranean coast, it passed through Ugarit, Byblos, Sidon, Tyros and on to Jafa and Gaza. Passing through these major ports, it also linked the Near East with the principal copper provider for the region, Cyprus.
Pella benefited from both of these two major arteries, being located at the eastern end of the east west Jezreel Valley corridor and close to the fording points of the River Jordan. The site for Joseph’s abduction is located on Samaria’s northern hills which form the southern slopes of this Jezreel highway. A perfect place to meet a travelling caravan.