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Bibil Identifier bibil:217383
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Tell el-Ful Revisited
Title (English, ) The Assyrian and Hellenistic Periods (with a New Identification)
Author Finkelstein, Israel
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 143, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 106-118 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article deals with the settlement history of Tell el-Ful from the Iron Age until the Hellenistic period. The author rejects past theories that a great fortress was built at the site in the Iron I period and that the settlement was protected by a casemate wall in the Iron IIC. He also rejects the identification of Tell el-Ful as biblical Gibeah/Gibeah of Saul. The author proposes that the tower excavated by Albright and Lapp was first constructed in the Iron IIC as an Assyrian watchtower commanding the northern approach to Jerusalem, and that it was one link in a system of such forts around the capital of Judah. The author maintains that the building served as a Hellenistic fort in a later phase and suggests the possibility, however speculative, of identifying Tell el-Ful with Pharathon, mentioned as one of the forts constructed by Bacchides in Judea in the early 2nd century BCE, and with Perath/Parah of late-monarchic times.
DOI 10.1179/003103211X12971861556918
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (C - G) : Ful, Tell el- / Gibeah / Gibeah of Saul / Gibeah of Benjamin
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Hellenistic Period (332-37)
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