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Bibil Identifier bibil:247323
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Where was the City Ephraim?
Author Keinan, Ehud
Author Abado, Andrew
Author West, Robert
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 147, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 220-229 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Unlike other major cities of the Biblical era, the actual site of the city of Ephraim, which is of fundamental significance to early Hebrew history, is still a mystery. We examined the reported attempts to locate the city, concluding that the commonly accepted theory, which identifies it as the modern village of et-Tayibeh on a hilltop north of Jerusalem, is highly unlikely. All available evidence indicates that the correct location is Khirbet Marjameh near Kafr Malik, as originally suggested in 1922 by W. F. Albright. Although much archaeological evidence has accumulated since 1922, Albright's proposal is the most probable of all theories suggested so far. Since the city of Ephraim was an important Hebrew centre in the pre-Israelite period, this site may have played a significant role in the dawn of Hebrew history. Furthermore, Albright's localisation of Rachel's tomb, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, within the necropolis of Wadi Samiyeh seems plausible.
DOI 10.1179/1743130114Y.0000000010
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (M - P) : Marjameh, Khirbet
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