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Aroer (Transjordan)
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(“Phoenician juniper”), situated on the Arnon, is modern Ḫirbet ʿArāʿir, approx. 4 km southeast of Dibon. It was an Early Bronze Age settlement, then a Gadite settlement (Num 32:34) of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age; no later than the time of the Omride annexation (Omri) it was destroyed or abandoned by Gad (Tribes of Israel). In the second half of the 9th century, it was built up as a fortress by Mesha in order to secure the “road at the Arnon,” linking the north and south of Moab (Mesha inscription KAI 181, 26). It is questionable whether Aroer came under Damascene…

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Knauf, Ernst A., “Aroer (Transjordan)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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