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The Moabites

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The book of Genesis sketches the character of the early inhabitants of Edom, as embodied in their very physical and hot-tempered forefather, the hunter Esau (Gen 25; 27; 33); but there is no such portrayal of Israel's other relatives, the Ammonites and Moabites. Archaeological exploration and excavation during the 19th and 20th centuries in the region of ancient Moab located and subsequently identified dozens of sites dating to the Iron Age. The Moabite sites that date to Iron Age II reveal great diversity in architectural plan and function; there are town sites, agricultural processing centres, watchtowers, fortresses, industrial complexes, religious shrines, and urban centres. Characteristic of both Iron Age I and Iron II sites is the use of boulder- and-chink stone architecture, not just for the foundation levels of walls, but also for their superstructure.

Keywords: Ammonites; Iron Age; Israel; Moabites; The book of Genesis



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