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was an important Canaanite and Israelite city in the Shephelah. Tel Lachish (Tell ed-Duweir) is located near the Lachish valley, a main route leading from the coastal plain to the Hebron hills. In 1929 W. Albright proposed its identification with Lachish and his suggestion is generally accepted today. The derivation of the name is unknown. Lachish was the most important Late Bronze Canaanite city in the southern Shephelah, and three of its kings are mentioned in the Amarna letters. It flourished in the 13th–12th centuries (Level VI) and was destroyed in th…

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Na'aman, Nadav, “Lachish”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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