Identifying Qeiyafa

In my first post on Qeiyafa, I considered the identification of Qeiyafa with Shaaraim to be suspect, but still possible. In my video on Qeiyafa, I considered the identification of Qeiyafa with Shaaraim to be almost impossible. At present, I see only two good identifications for Qeiyafa-Ephes Dammim (“boundary of blood”), which, due to the meaning of the name and the nature of Iron I Khirbet Qeiyafa, I consider unlikely, and Gob, which I consider by far the most likely original name of Qeiyafa, largely due to the fact that the location fits, all the other candidates are unlikely, and the name is sufficiently ambiguous in meaning.

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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