We began to hasten in order to reach mount Nebo. As we went, the priest of the place, i. e. Livias, whom we had prayed to accompany us from the station, because he knew the places well, advised us, saying: “If you wish to see the water which flows from the rock, which Moses gave to the children of Israel when they were thirsty, you can see it if you are willing to undertake the labour of going about six miles out of the way.” When he had said this, we very eagerly wished to go, and turning at once out of our way, we followed the priest who led us ( McClure, and Feltoe, Egeria, pp. 20–21).
The Mount Nebo Interpretation Display reads: “The Sixth Mile, near the Roman fortress of al-Mahattah, at Sarabit half way between Esbus [Hesbon] and Livias.” The Italian group which constructed the museum on Mount Nebo states that the mile marker was between Hesban and Tall Rama. But as a good friend David Maltsberger describes Tall Rama it is “a wart on the buttocks of the valley.” It is so small you can hardly see it driving by. Compare this to the largest site on the Jordan Valley. Just look at google earth for the Kefrein dam and your site is huge compared to Tall Rama.
The Inscription on the milestone reads:
IMP(erator) CAESAR M(arcus)
PIUS FELIX AUG(ustus) PARTHIC(us)
MAX(imus) BRITANNIC(us) MAX(imus)
PONTIFEX MAS(imus) TRIB(unicia)
POT(estatis) XVI IMP(erator) IT CO(n)S(ul) IIII
P(ater) P(atriae) PROC(onsul) VIAS ET
A HESB(unte) M(illia passuum) VI
The display at the Mt Nebo Interpretation center reads “The works were carried out by order of the governor Furnius lulianus in 213 AD, at the time of Emperor Caracalla.”
Tall el-Hammam is exactly 12 Roman miles from Hesbon, it is exactly 6 Roman miles from the VIth Roman mile marker. Tall el-Hammam is exactly where Livias is said to be not at Tall Rama. There is a map and alot more evidence in our forthcoming article.