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is situated approx. 9 miles northeast of Ashkelon, 2.5 miles from the Mediterranean with a separate harbor on the coast. Its Canaanite name ʾaṭdādu, “trade fair,” suggests its importance as a commercial center. The site has been settled since the Middle Bronze; in the Late Bronze it traded with Ugarit and Enkomi. Sub-Mycenaean (“Philistine”) pottery appears at the transition to the Iron Age. Ashdod was one of the city-states of the Philistine pentapolis (Josh 11:22; 13:3); the proximity of its harbor to Judah explains both contacts and conflicts (Amo…

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Uehlinger, Christoph, “Ashdod”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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