Ancient Sources

Mountain of Judah and Shephelah


81. Saphitha - (Tell al-Safy)

ORIGINAL TEXTS


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Josephus, Ant., VIII:292-293 (1st cent. A.D.)
And when he (Zerah, king of Kush) had marched as far as the city of Maresa - this being in the tribe of Judah -, Asa met him with his own force and drew up his army over against him in a certain valley called Saphatha, not far from the city.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

2Chr 14:9-15 The invasion of the ethiopian kings Zerah
Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. 10 Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 Asa cried to the Lord his God, "O Lord, there is no difference for you between helping the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let no mortal prevail against you." 12 So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 13 Asa and the army with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until no one remained alive; for they were broken before the Lord and his army. The people of Judah carried away a great quantity of booty. 14 They defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the Lord was on them. They plundered all the cities; for there was much plunder in them. 15 They also attacked the tents of those who had livestock, and carried away sheep and goats in abundance, and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.


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