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Moab
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(מֹאָב /mōʾāb, cf. Arab. waʾba, “rock cleft containing water”), primarily a toponym denoting the region on both sides of the Arnon (Israel and its neighbors in Syria-Palestine, map). The plateau produces a surplus of grain (cf. Ruth 1), the slopes of the hills a surplus of wine (cf. Isa 16:7–11; Jer 48:29–33), and the edges of the steppe a surplus of animal products (cf. 2 Kgs 3:4), but this economic potential is impeded by a geographic location that makes commerce difficult.

There is evidence of several complex chiefdoms in southern Moab in the 3rd millennium bce. In the (…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Moab”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_14288>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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