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Khirbet Iskander
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A settlement in ancient Moab (modern-day Jordan) strategically located east of where the King’s Highway (a trade route) crossed the Wadi al-Wala. The site is on the north bank of the wadi, east of the Dead Sea, about 15 miles south of modern-day Madaba (biblical Medeba).The site—mainly occupied during the Early Bronze Age IV—is unusual for its period: while the region’s population was almost entirely pastoral or nomadic, Khirbet Iskander was a fortified town. Archaeological evidence suggests that an earlier period of settlement occurred during the Early Bronze Age I; stone structures—likely ritual sites—encircle the tell, and a large cemetery has been discovered across the wadi. The fortified settlement was destroyed and rebuilt as an open village, but evidence suggests it was not occupied beyond the Early Bronze Age IV.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Khirbet Iskander
Iskander, Khirbet A settlement in ancient Moab (modern-day Jordan) strategically located east of where the King’s Highway (a trade route) crossed the Wadi al-Wala. The site is on the north bank of the wadi, east of the Dead Sea, about 15 miles south of modern-day Madaba (biblical Medeba).The site—mainly
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Iskander, Khirbet
ISKANDER, KHIRBET (M.R. 223107). An EB IV site in Jordan which has provided unequivocal evidence of a sedentary character for this period which had earlier been characterized as nomadic.A. Identification of the SiteB. Location and Topographical DescriptionC. Exploration of the SiteD. History of the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ISKANDER, KHIRBET
ISKANDER, KHIRBET. A site on the north bank of the Wadi el-Wala on the Transjordanian Central Plateau (Northern Moab), approximately 7 km north of Diban and 24 km south of Madaba. The name Iskander (Alexander) derives from a nearby village; whether or not the site is biblical Jahaz (Num 21:23; Deut 2:23;