The Kingdom of Geshur in History and Memory

  title={The Kingdom of Geshur in History and Memory},
  author={Nadav Na’aman},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament},
  pages={101 - 88}
  • N. Na’aman
  • Published 1 May 2012
  • History
  • Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament
ABSTRACT The article re-examines the biblical, extra-biblical and archaeo-logical sources for the history of Geshur and the way it was memorialized in biblical texts. It demonstrates that archaeological research is the key to estab-lishing the location of the kingdom's capital, its territory, population, econo-my and commercial relations. The written sources complement and corrobo-rate the archaeological data. Evidently―contrary to the conclusions reached in a recently published article―we know… 
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