Re: Location of Lachish?
Wed Apr 26, 2017 00:29

Hi Jon

Jer 34:7 clearly states that only Lachish, Azekah, and Jerusalem were the fenced cities that withstood the Neo-Babylonian invasion. So I'm not sure what is keeping scholars from putting the writer of Letter IV in Jerusalem. Mareshah is out of the question, in my view, since it was not a fenced city in the 6th century BCE, and the place now called Tel Mareshah with its caves is where I would place the site of biblical Makkedah.

Since I would locate the "Amorite Jerusalem" at modern Jerusalem (600 stades from Scythopolis; 2 Macc. 12:9), but the "Jebusite Jerusalem" at Tel Arad (near Masada as per Josephus), I put Lachish near the ruins of H̱orbat H̱asif close to the Gaza strip and Azekah as the real name of Tell ed-Duweir. You can see Lachish from Jebusite Jerusalem's vantage point, but you cannot see Azekah because a mountain is in the way. You have to actually see a city to confirm its fire signals. The enemy can imitate fire signals from a location close by so I believe you need a visual of the city itself.


  • Location of Lachish?Jon Smyth, Mon Apr 24 21:22
    Thankyou for raising this issue. I just recently bought David Ussishkin's, Biblical Lachish, 2014, so still working my way through the book. Letter 4 has always troubled me. It only stands to reason... more
    • Re: Location of Lachish? — Tory, Wed Apr 26 00:29
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