[b-hebrew] Kadesh-barnea

James Christian jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com
Mon Apr 12 13:33:50 EDT 2010


Hi Uri,

why do you find the name Naha$ interesting in this context?

James Christian

2010/4/11 Uri Hurwitz <uhurwitz at yahoo.com>

>     Yigal,
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>     As you said, there is indeed ' no extra-biblical
>  evidence for an Edomite kingdom until the 8th century'.
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>     I wonder whether the copper mines excavated by Levy
>  et. al. south of the Dead Sea, in Khirbet en-Nahas,
>  which they date to to the tenth century BCE, can contribute
>  to the discussion. The size of these works
>  is evidence of a centrally controlled adminstrative power
>  -or Kingdom - already then, since no local authority would
>  have the means of carrying out such a large project. Cf.
>  with Beth Shemesh and, recently, Khirbet Qeiyafa, among
>  others.
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>     This is not evidence for the existence of Edom,
>  or any another known kingdom, but there
>  seems to be consensus that the area of the mines is in
>  what would later be known as Seir// Edom.
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>     Very interesting in this context is the biblical name
>  Naha$ ,regardless of its meaning, as the ruler of the
>  Ammonites in the general region.
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>   Also noteworthy here is what Kitchen wrote about early
>  nomad-kingdoms.
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>   Uri
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>   Uri Hurwitz                                  Great Neck, NY
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