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Peniel
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Peniel, Heb. פְּנוּאֵל/pĕnûʾēl, “face of El” (probably from a landform). Peniel (or Penuel) was a site in northern Transjordan, according to Gen 32:22–32 at a ford of the Jabbok, according to Judg 8:5–11 between Succoth (Deir ʿAllā) and Jogbehah (Ǧubēḥa), and according to Judg 8:16 partially destroyed by Gideon (secondary addition to the Succoth episode); in the last third of the 10th century bce, it was taken (or made to pay tribute) by Pharaoh Shishak (Sheshonk) under the name New Pnuel (pnwʾl ḥdšt; Karnak king list [Hughes, plates 2–9] nos. 53f., immediate…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Peniel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124321>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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