Ancient Sources

Mountain of Judah and Shephelah


79. Socho - (Kh. Shuwaikah)

ORIGINAL TEXTS


Soccho in tribu Iudae. Sunt autem usque hodie viculi duo pergentibus Aeliam de Eleutheropoli in nono miliario viae publicae, unus in monte et alter in campo situs, qui Socchoth nuncupantur.
(Jerome 157:18-20)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Eusebius, Onomasticon 156:18-20 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 157:18-20 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Soccho (Jos 15:35) in the tribe of Judah. Until this day there are two little villages on the way from Eleutheropolis to Jerusalem, at the ninth milestone of the public road, one on the mountain and the other in the valley, which are called Socchoth.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Jos 15:20-21.33-36 Cities of Judas
This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families. 21 The towns belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme South, toward the boundary of Edom, were ...
... 33 And in the Lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, Gederothaim: fourteen towns with their villages.

MORE ANCIENT SOURCES

Iohannes Rufus, Vita Petri 54 (5th cent. A.D.)
As they (Peter and his companions) were travelling and it was growing dark, they came to a village by name Sokha. They lodged in a nearby inn, but for the saint and those who were watching over him, they found accommodation in a house of the village that was situated in a higher place.

Iohannes Moschus, Pratum spirituale 180 (7th cent. A.D.)
There was an old man living in a cave in the region around Socho, which is an estate approximately twenty miles from Jerusalem. The old man had in his cave an icon of our Lady, the immaculate mother of God, having our saviour Jesus Christ in her arms.


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