Places of Section 6

Mountain of Judah and Shephelah

81. Saphitha - (Tell al-Safy)

The vignette, only partially visible, is of a "door between two towers" type and it is under the six white letters on a dark background.

And when he (Zerah, king of Kush) had marched as far as the city of Maresa - this being in the tribe of Judah -, Asa met him with his own force and drew up his army over against him in a certain valley called Saphatha, not far from the city. (Josephus, Ant., VIII:292-293)

Map Section 6 Ancient Sources Discussion

Photo: In Tell al-Safy (ancient Gath of the Philistines) is recognizable the name of the otherwise unknown Saphitha.

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