Joshua’s attack on Ai: Option 4

Option 3 is here.

Bethel=el-Bireh ( 31°54’22″N, 35°12’54″E)

Ai=Khirbet al-Maqatir, 31°54’56″N, 35°15’1″E

Iron II B-C Ai (if Nehimiah 7:32 and/or Isaiah 10:28 refers to this Ai)=Site 205, 31°54’45″N, 35°14’51″E

Hellenistic Ai (?) (Nehemiah 11:31 could be referring to Hellenistic data)=Site 205 or 204 (31°54’34″N, 35°15’4″E)

Beth Aven=Beitin

Mountain of Genesis 12:8=Peak of Khirbet Maqatir, 31°54’57.50″N,  35°14’53.70″E or peak at 31°54’45″N, 35°14’39″E, or the one at 31°54’47″N, 35°13’49″E.

Valley to the North of Ai:Road N. of Maqatir

Ambush site between Bethel and Ai not visible from Ai (Bethel does not matter, see vs. 17): the area of the road just to the west of the peak of Maqatir.

So, the scenario works well, except for the fact the location of the mountain between Bethel and Ai is highly ambiguous. It works far better than Option 1.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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