Ancient Sources

Places of Ascalon, Gaza, Negev, Sinai


129. Border of Egypt and Palestine

ORIGINAL TEXTS


Bethaffu in tribu Iudae. Vicus trans Rafiam milibus quattuordecim euntibus Aegyptum, qui est terminus Palaestinae.
(Jerome 51,18-19)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Eusebius, Onomasticon 50,18-20 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 51,18-19 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Bethaphu (Jos 15:53), in the tribe of Judah. A village near Raphia, on the 14th milestone on the road to Egypt, which marks the boundary of Palestine.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Jos 15:52-54 Cities of Judah
Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53 Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah, 54 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior: nine towns with their villages.

MORE ANCIENT SOURCES

Plinius, Historia naturalis V,14 (1st cent. A.D.)
At Ostracine, 65 miles from Pelusium, is the frontier of Arabia then begins Idumaea, and Palestine.


Map Section 9 Place Discussion

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