[b-hebrew] geography

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Dec 18 16:21:46 EST 2010

Now you raise a different question, which is that of the relationship between the boundaries of the "promised land" in Gen. 15:18 (and other places), "from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates" and the boundaries of "the Land of Canaan" as described in Numbers 34 and other sources. I, for one, do not think that they are identical. 


Yigal Levin


From: fred burlingame [mailto:tensorpath at gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2010 10:33 PM
To: Yigal Levin
Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] geography


Hello Yigal:


Thanks for your comments.


Nir had suggested lake hula for the vicinity of חצר עינן . But lake hula seems far distant from this northern border. 


ביום ההוא כרת יהוה את אברם ברית לאמר לזרעך נתתי את הארץ הזאת מנהר מצרים עד הנהר הגדל נהר פרת


בראשית טו יח

Even baalbek seems a good bit south of the euphrates river.






fred burlingame


On Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM, Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote:

Hi Fred,

The short answer is no. However, several of the places mentioned before and after are known. In general, the northern border of Canaan seems to run north of todays Baalbek in the central Beqaa Valley. Have a look at Yohanan Aharoni's Land of the Bible or the Catra/MacMillan Bible Atlas.

Yigal Levin

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