Places of Section 9

Ascalon, Gaza, Negev, Sinai

129. Border of Egypt and Palestine

Inscription in red tesserae, without vignette.

Bethaphu (Jos 15:53), in the tribe of Judah. A village near Raphia, on the 14th milestone on the road to Egypt, which marks the boundary of Palestine. (Eusebius, Onomasticon 50,18-20; Jerome 51,18-19)

Map Section 9 Ancient Sources Discussion

Photo: The present international border is well recognizable in this astronauth photograph, due to the different destination given to the land (grazing ground for a sparse nomad population in Egypt (left), intensive farming or depopulated military areas in Israel (right).

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