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Bibil Identifier bibil:227211
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Naḥal Zereb in the Bible and the Baraita de-Teḥumin
Author Elitzur, Yoel
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 145, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 108-118 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract As a result of a mistaken interpretation of the Madaba map, biblical Naḥal Zered is often identified in the scholarship as Wādi al-ḥsā, which marks the boundary between Moab and Edom southeast of the Dead Sea. In reality, the brook of Zered does not appear on the Madaba map and the sole documentary evidence available for its identification is the Bible, which situates Naḥal Zered near Naḥal Arnon. The author proposes Wādi Nkheile, which spills into the Arnon from the southeast, as the most likely candidate for the biblical Zered. This identification perhaps also sheds light on the conflicting biblical sources regarding the question of whether or not the Moabites allowed the Israelites to pass through their territory en route to Canaan. In the postbiblical era Naḥal Zered appears in the boundaries baraita (baraita de-teumin) as part of the eastern border of the land of Israel and the article demonstrates that the identification of Naḥal Zered as Wādi Nkheile is consistent with the geographical logic of the baraita.
DOI 10.1179/0031032812Z.00000000032
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Wadi el-Hasa
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Moab : Geography
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Talmudic Period : Rabbinism : Tannaim
Pericopes Numbers 21
Numbers 21,10-21,11
Deuteronomy 2-3
Deuteronomy 2,1-2,13
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