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(Ἰωτάπατα; Iōtápata, Ἰωταπάτη; Iōtapátē, Hebrew Yodp̄at, Yotpat), town in Lower Galilee 10 km north of  Sepphoris, modern Ḥirbat Šifāt. Archaeological finds indicate settlement from the late Bronze Age [4], according to Rabbinic tradition (Mišna ʿArakin 9,6, it was a fortified town by the time of Joshua, possibly identical with the yotbah of 2 Kgs 21,19 [5]. In the Jewish war it was a centre of anti-Roman resistance under  Iosephus [4] (Jos. BI 3,141-288). It was captured in AD 67 by Vespasian after a siege lasting 47 days, and largely destroyed (…

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Schaller, Bernd (Göttingen), “Iotapata”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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