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Madaba
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Madaba, an ancient town located approx. 30 km southwest of ʿAmman. Settled at the latest by Early Bronze Age I (with interruptions), Madaba was disputed between Israel and Moab in the mid-9th century bce (cf. Num 21:30; Josh 13:9, 16), until Mesha of Moab finally conquered the city (Mesha Stone). Madaba was part of the Babylonian Empire from the 6th century bce onward (Isa 15:2). Controlled by Arabs (Nabateans or Banu ʿAmirat) in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods (CIS 2.1, 196; 1 Macc 9:36; cf. Jos. Ant. XIII 11, 18) and temporarily occupied by Maccabees (Jos. Ant. XII…

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Hübner, Ulrich, “Madaba”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13347>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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