SECTION 4

Moab and Edom

The mosaicist underlined the mountainous nature of the land of Moab, to the east of the Dead sea, locked between the wadi Mujib-Arnon to the north and the wadi Hesa-Zared to the south. (more)


The mosaicist underlined the mountainous nature of the land of Moab, to the east of the Dead sea, locked between the wadi Mujib-Arnon to the north and the wadi Hesa-Zared to the south. Amongst the mountains there are preserved the localities of Aia, Tharais and Bitomarsea which is also Maioumas at the foot of the mountain Kerak. Here the bushes and the central domed building refers to a locality rich in water and thermal springs where more or less licentious feasts were held in roman times.
Charach-Mouba-Kerak, administrative centre and episcopal seat, is represented as a fortified rock at the top of a mountain isolated in the middle of a valley. On the south east side of the city walls there is a gate with two towers with a church beside it to the east. Two porticoed roads lead to a second larger church.
In the remaining portion of the caption to the south east of the wadi Zared-Hesa (MEL) in the territory of Edom, there could be the name of Petra-Iechtoel as well as Rekem. The latter locality is where Amasia defeated Edom in the valley of Gemela. (Michele Piccirillo)





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