Places of Section 6

Mountain of Judah and Shephelah

66. Modeim, today Moditha,
the place of origin of the Maccabeans -
(al-Midiyah)

A four lines white inscription surrounds a "door between two towers" type.


Modeim (1 Mac 2:1), village near Diospolis, whence the Maccabeans came, whose tombs are shown there to this very day. Therefore I wonder not a little how their relics can be shown in Antioch, and on whose authority this (tradition) has come to be credited. (Eusebius, Onomasticon 132:16-17; Jerome 133:17-19)

Map Section 5 Ancient Sources Discussion


Photo: Byzantine tombs near al-Midiyah (Qubur al-Yahud) credited as the tombs of the Maccabees.

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