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Bibil Identifier bibil:205621
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Note on Henry Timberlake's Route from Gaza to Beersheba to Hebron in 1601
Author Blakely, Jeffrey A.
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 142, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 64-68 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The proper identification of the town that Christian travellers described as biblical Beersheba during the Crusader, Medieval, and Early Modern periods is key to understanding many pilgrim accounts, and none more so than that of Henry Timberlake. During these periods Christian pilgrim viewed Bayt Jibrīn as biblical Beersheba, not Bi'r al-Sab' as most scholars do today. Once this identification is clear it is possible to trace the likely route Timberlake followed from Gaza to Bayt Jibrīn and on to the Hebron area. Timberlake's caravan had the choice of two roads as they left Bayt Jibrīn and, in part because of the social conditions of 1601, I argue the caravan took the more northerly road to reach the Hebron area as opposed to the better known and southerly Roman Road.
DOI 10.1179/003103210X12581223412900
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 17th century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (A ? B) : Beersheba
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Hebron / Haram Ramet el-Khalil / Jebel Rumeida
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Geography
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