Place of the Jordan Valley
7. Koreae - (al-Qarawa ?)
Some precisations as to the localization of Koreae in Josephus Flavius and in the Talmud we get from P. O'Callaghan Supplément au Dictionnaire de la Bible, col. 639. According to O'Callaghan, in Antiquités XIV: 49 and in Jewish War I: 134 Josephus indicates Koreae at the south of Scythopolis, the northern bordering of Acchabaron, while in Jewish War IV:121 Koreae is localized more precisely between Nablus and Jericho. The author also indicates that we may find the form Korea instead of Koreai; a form that probably corrisponds to the site indicated by the Talmud. The author concludes, saying that Koreae "semble être très bien placée à Tell Mazur, près de l'oasis Qarâwa, à la sortie du Quadi ". ("it seems that Koreae is well localized in Tell Mazur, nearby the oasis Qarâwa, at the end of Wadi Far'ah").
Michael Avi-Yonah (The Madaba Mosaic Map, Jerusalem 1954, 36)
The distance of twelve miles given on the Peutingarian map between Skythopolis-"Coabis" and "Coabis" - Archelais, cannot be correct. Apparently "Coabis" and Coreus were confused and the number of road-stations between Skythopolis and Jericho was three and not two.
Herbert Donner (The Mosaic Map of Madaba, Kampen 1992, 33)
It is identical with Tall al-Mazar in the lower Wadi al-Far'a, situated in an area called Qarawa which has kept the ancient name. The landmark of Alexandreion (Qarn Sartaba) is nearby.
Noël Duval ("Essai sur la signification des vignettes topographiques", in The Madaba Map Centenary, Jerusalem 1999, 140)
Koreous. Cette station sur la route de Jéricho à Scythopolis est représentée par une porte entre deux tours mais la présence d'un fronton rouge au-dessus de la porte suggère sans doute une église. (See also the complete article)
Tabula Imperii Romani. Iudaea - Palaestina (Jerusalem 1994, 105)
Many scholars identify it with nearby Tel Mazar, but there are no Roman Byzantine remains there.
For more sources and bibliography see:
Tabula Imperii Romani. Iudaea - Palaestina (Jerusalem 1994) s.v. "Coreae", 105-106.
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