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Gabara

(109 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel (Bern)
[English version] (Γαβαρα, auch Γαβαρωθ, Γαδαρα, Γαμαλα, Γαραβα; Γαβαρους [1]; von semit. ǧrb “grollen”, “zürnen”, woraus sich alle Namensformen - bis auf die Schreibfehler - erklären lassen). Ort in Untergalilaea; h. eher Arrāba/Arāv als Ḫirbat al-Qabra. Zu Beginn des jüd. Krieges (66-70 n.Chr.) sympathisierte G. mit Iosephos' Gegenspieler Iohannes von Gischala (Ios. bell. Iud. 2,629; vita 82; 123f.; 203; 229-243; 265; 313) und wurde von Vespasianus als erster aufständischer Ort eingenommen und zerstört (Ios. bell. Iud. 3,132-134). Eus. On. 16,13 erwähnt ihn als Dorf Αραβα. K…

Jahwe

(809 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel (Bern)
Eigenname des Gottes der Israeliten und Judäer und nach dem Untergang dieser Staaten (722/720 bzw. 586/582 v.Chr.) des Gottes der Hebr. Bibel (AT). [English version] A. Name Das AT gibt nur die Konsonanten des Gottesnamens ( Yhwh; epigraphisch seit dem 9. Jh. v.Chr. bezeugt), die Aussprache ist im rabbinischen Judentum tabuisiert. Gelesen wird Yhwh gewöhnlich als “Herr” ( adōnāy, daher das Κύριος ( kýrios) der LXX und das “HErr” der Lutherbibel sowie das irrige “Jehova”: Die Konsonanten der “Schreibung” Yhwh werden mit den Vokalen der “Lesung” adōnāy versehen. Die Lesung * Yahwē st…

Galgala

(179 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel (Bern)
[English version] (bibl. Gilgāl, “Steinkreis”, wohl keine Siedlung). Vorisraelitisches Heiligtum (Ri 3,19) am Ostrand der Oase von Jericho (Jos 4,19), wahrscheinlich Ort der Königserhebung Sauls (1 Sam 11,15) und Wallfahrtszentrum des 8./7. Jh. v.Chr. (Am 4,4; 5,5; Hos 4,15; 9,15; 12,12), historisiert als Gedenkstätte des Jordanüberganges unter Josua (Jos 4,20-24, daher Δωδεκαλιθον, “Zwölfsteine-Ort” der Madaba-Karte). Die jüd.-christl. Ortstrad. setzt sich in Tosefta Sōfṭa 8,6 (2. Jh. n.Chr.?) und beim Pilger von Bordeaux 19 (333 n.Chr.) sowie bei Hieronymus (ep…

Leuke Kome

(175 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel (Bern)
(Λευκὴ κώμη). [English version] [1] Phöniz. Dorf an der Küste zw. Sidon und Berytos Phöniz. Dorf an der Küste zw. Sidon und Berytos, Treffpunkt von M.Antonius und Kleopatra nach dem Partherfeldzug (Plut. Antonius 51,2f.). Knauf, Ernst Axel (Bern) [English version] [2] Hafenstadt an der arab. Küste des Roten Meeres Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Indienhandel Hafenstadt an der arab. Küste des Roten Meeres und nabatä. Grenzposten. Von hier aus trat Aelius Gallus 25 v.Chr. den Landweg nach der Sabäerhauptstadt Marib (Maryab) an (Strab. 1…

Geth

(279 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel (Bern)
Gat (kanaan. gint, hebr. gat, “Kelter”). In Syrien-Palästina häufiger ON der Spätbrz. und Eisenzeit. [English version] [1] das philistäische Gat Das philistäische Gat, südöstl. Eckpunkt der Pentapolis (1 Sam 7,14; 17,52), wahrscheinlich Tall aṣ-Ṣāfı̄. Als unmittelbarer Nachbar Judas war G. im 10. Jh. v.Chr. in den Aufstieg Davids involviert, der als Condottiere Ziklag (Tall as-Saba/Tel Ber Ševa) als Lehen von G. erhielt (1 Sam 27). Vielleicht schon in der 2. H. des 9. Jh. v.Chr. von Hasaël von Damaskos im Zuge …

Mediterranean

(578 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] Syria and Palestine were part of a supraregional Mediterranean economic system (see also Trade and traffic in the Mediterranean world) from the second millennium bce to the 16th century ce. During this period, the economic and cultural center of what may be termed the “First World” of the time was initially concentrated in the eastern Mediterranean, only to encompass the entire Mediterranean from the first millennium bce onward. Even the non-seafaring adjoining states and cultures integrated themselves in the basic structure of agrarian, tribal …

Milestone

(199 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] Roman roads were provided with milestones every 1,000 double paces (Lat. milia passuum, hence “mile”), which not only served as landmarks but might also include the name and position of the person responsible for building it, its date of construction, and the distance to the destination. Multiple renovations resulted in groups of milestones. Alongside ancient maps, these milestones provide evidence for the existence and routes of Roman roads; they are a primary source for the administrative and economic history of ¶ the Roman provinces, their trade and traffic…

Fortresses

(351 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] The refuges of tribal societies were often, as in Edom, natural, inaccessible rock formations such as Sela/as-Silʿ; even 11th- and 10th-century sites known as “fortresses” in the Negev actually represent fortified farmsteads of a local population that was not yet fully sedentary. Apart from such structures, military architecture associated with a centralized state could serve both defensive (final line of resistance against invaders) and offensive purposes (operational and reinforcement bases for an army in the field). Mature cities as such were ¶ often fortifi…

Tyre

(340 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] (in Phoenicia); Hebrew רוֹצ/ ṣôr, Phoenician/Akkadian ṣurru, “rock”; modern Ṣūr. Tyre was an island city off the coast of Lebanon with a maximum area of 50 to 60 ha and a population of 12,000–15,000 (swollen to about 50,000 by refugees in 332 bce); it was associated with the mainland settlement of Ushu/Palaityros. Settlement began in the second half of the 3rd millennium bce, with the colonial expansion of Egypt into the Lebanon (Hdt. II 44); it is mentioned throughout the 2nd millennium as a subject territory within the Egyptian sphere of …

Miriam

(313 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] מִריָם ( miryām, “the well-nourished one”), alternatively identified as the sister of Aaron (Exod 15:20) or the sister of Moses and Aaron (Num 26:59; 1 Chr 5:29). If it was not Miriam who sang (or composed) the song of triumph in Exod 15:21 (often, and probably correctly, considered one of the earliest of Israel's traditions), her traditio-historical roots are totally obscure. Exod 15 in its final form reacted to the scandal of a prominent female voice from Israel's distant past by …

Peniel

(313 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] Peniel, Heb. פְּנוּאֵל/ pĕnûʾ ēl, “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 ( pnwʾ l ḥdšt; Karnak king list [Hughes, plates 2–9] nos. 53f., immediate…

Ophrah (in Benjamin)

(191 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] (עָפְרָה; cf. for the meaning of the name ʿ āpār, “dust,” or more probably ‘ oper, “young deer, gazelle kid”), mentioned in Josh 18:23 in the list of places belonging to Benjamin. However, Ophrah lies beyond the northern frontier of Benjamin ( Josh 18:12f.) and has probably entered the place list from 2 Chr 13:19 (ʿ eprōn), plausibly identified with eṭ-Ṭayyibe (eudemonism because of the echo of the Canaanite Ephron with Arab. ʿ ifrīt, “goblin”), and matching details given by Jerome (5 Roman miles north of Bethel); probably to be identified with Aph…

Cult Sites (in Palestine)

(502 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] In addition to the temple in Palestine and northern Arabia, there were open-air sanctuaries, demarcated sites whose inventory regularly included an asherah , a holy tree, and a massebah, a holy stone, at least since the late Neolithic era. As its Old Testament designation, asherah, indicates, the tree represents the goddess, while the massebah was considered the locus of the presence of the god (thus Beth-El, Bethyl [Bethel]; cf. Gen 28:18–19a). Masseboth/bethyls could be left in their natural state, decorated with reliefs, sculpted geometrica…

Tirzah

(273 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] (Heb. תִּרְצָה; Tell el-Fāriʿa). This site in northeastern Samaria controlled the main route into central Transjordania (Peniel). Taken by Shoshenq (Shishak; Karnak list no. 59 [G. Hughes, Reliefs and Inscriptions at Karnak, vol. III, 1954]), it was the ¶ residence of the kings of Israel from Baasha (1 Kgs 15:21) to Omri (1 Kgs 16:23). It was destroyed by Menahem even before Tiglath Pileser III (2 Kgs 15:16). In Song 6:4, Tirzah might be a cover name for Samaria. Tirzah was a significant settlement in Early Bronze I/II (18 hectares) and was fortified in Midd…

Moab

(964 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] (מֹאָב /mōʾāb, cf. Arab. waʾ ba, “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 (…

Timnah (Wādī ʿAraba)

(134 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] (Heb. תִּמְנָע), Hebrew name (after the mother of Amalek in Gen 36:12, 23, 40) for the copper-producing area of el-Meneʿiyye in the southeastern ʿAraba (Egyp. ʿAtika), to which Egypt dispatched mining expeditions in the 13th/12th centuries and the second half of the 10th century; with the help of specialists from northwestern ʿArabia and southern Palestine, they mined copper ore and smelted it in situ; they probably also traded in copper from the far richer deposits at Punon/Fēnān to the northeast. A tented Egyptian shrine of Hathor was used at the same time or reused ¶ som…

Kenites

(243 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] A tribe of the 11th and 10th centuries bce that later assimilated into the tribe of Judah (Tribes of Israel). The area in which it settled (Judg 1:16f.; 1 Sam 30:29) and which it patrolled (1 Sam 27:10) lay south of the Judean hills. A Kenite clan is also attested in the plain of Jezreel during the same period (Judg 5:24; 4:11, 17). The name is derived more convincingly from “smith” in Aramaic (see Gen 4:22) than from “spear” in Hebrew. The geographical disparity of these references eithe…

Kinneret

(321 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] Kinneret, a city on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee (Galilee, Sea of; Heb. yam kinneret), today Tell el-'Orēme/Tel Kinrōt. A large settlement of the EBA I–II period (stratum IX) was followed by two cities of the 16th and 15th centuries bce (strata VIII and VII; MBA III/LBA Ia periods; mentioned in Egyptian sources under the name knrt) that covered an area of 7–9 hectares and were surrounded by a rampart-topped glacis. The city wall was rebuilt towards the end of the IA I period (late 11th to mid-10th cents. bce) and the settlement was repopulated. It seems v…

Mesha

(373 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] (Heb. מֵישַׁע/ mêšaʿ), king of Moab and founder of the Moabite state, with whom written culture was introduced to Moab, according to his stele. Throughout the reign of Omri (Kingship in Israel) Mesha had no annal-type records. The Mesha stele represents Mesha after his death before his god, Chemosh; it contains the account of his deeds. The stele does not give any information about the length of his reign, but the type and range of his civilizing achievements point to its having been written in the last quarter of the 9th century bce (c. 820/810) rather than at an earlier…

Ophrah (in Manasseh)

(146 words)

Author(s): Knauf, Ernst Axel
[German Version] was home town and residence of the Abiezrite chieftain Gideon (Judg 6:11), where he used booty taken from the Midianites to build ¶ a sanctuary (Judg 8:27, in contrast to 8:22f.: the act of a ruler). Its identification within the territory of the clan of Abiezer (from the 10th/9th cent. bce Manasseh territory), well outlined in the Samaria ostraca (Samaria), depends on how one defines the clan’s relation to the town of Shechem: whether as close as possible (Donner: Tell Ṣōfar), or as distant as possible (Knauf: Ḡinṣāfūṭ Gan-[ha]S̄opeṭ). Ernst Axel Knauf Bibliograp…
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