[b-hebrew] Hebron, mountains, and flocks

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Wed Oct 8 17:46:52 EDT 2008

The fringe of the Judean desert -- that is, the land between the watershed of the central highlands and the Rift Valley, has for a long time been a place for breeding and grazing sheep and goats (esp. sheep; goats have a tendency to destroy pasture). The land is suited to this endeavour. We might compare the mirroring strip of land east of the Jordan (ancient Moab) and more to the north (ancient Gilead and Bashan). Remember that Mesha of Moab was a sheep breeder, Amos was a sheep breeder from Tekoa, and David was portrayed as a shepherd from the Bethlehem area.

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