Historical geography gone awry at Khirbet er-Ra'i: the identifications of Ziklag and (non-Biblical) Phathura/Pethor

Chris McKinny, Zachary Thomas

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Abstract

Garfinkel, Ganor, and Keimer's ongoing excavations at Khirbet er-Ra'i have revealed a significant Iron I settlement with Philistine pottery and a small Early Iron IIA settlement. In light of this, and their analysis of the biblical sources, Garfinkel and Ganor propose that Khirbet er-Ra'i matches the historical-geographical details for Ziklag. This paper will challenge this identification and suggest a possible alternative ancient name for Khirbet er-Ra'i in light of the writings of Eusebius and existing Arabic toponyms in the vicinity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-88
Number of pages23
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Volume72
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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