Omride architecture in Moab: Jahaz and Ataroth

Israel Finkelstein, Oded Lipschits

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The article deals with two sites - Jahaz (H{combining breve below}irbet el-Mudēyine et{combining minus sign below}-T{combining minus sign below}emed) and Ataroth (H{combining breve below}irbet 'At{combining dot below}ārūs) - both mentioned in the Mesha Inscription as having been built by the "king of Israel". These sites feature characteristics of Omride architecture west of the Jordan, at places such as Samaria and Jezreel. The most obvious among these features are an elevated podium surrounded by a casemate wall and a moat. The article deals with the reasons for employing Omride architectural styles in Moab. It also suggests that building operations that seem to have been conducted by King Mesha were influenced by Omride architectural elements at the two Moabite sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-42
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift des Deutschen Palastina-Vereins
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology


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