Sep 13, 2007

On November 16, 2007 Scott Stripling and I will be presenting a presentation at the Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS) in San Diego, California on the "Identification of Tall el-Hammam on the Madaba Map." It is also the joint Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) convention. I will be arguing that the unnamed site is Tall el-Hammam. We have published two articles so far on this discovery in the Bible and Spade and Biblical Research Bulletin through Trinity Southwest University.

The Madaba Mosaic Map indicates a prominent but unnamed site near the upper-left edge, just above the Jordan River. Various attempts have been made to identify it with Tall Iktanu, Tall Kefrein, Tall Nimrin, Tall Rama, and Khirbet Sweimeh. This article demonstrates that the better candidate for this site is Tall el-Hammam which boasts superior size, perfect location, abundant water, and Early Roman/Byzantine remains.

  • "Identification of Tall el-Hammam on the Madaba Map." co-authored with Scott Stripliing. Bible and Spade 20.2 (Spring 2007): 35-45.

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