Ancient Sources

Places of Ascalon, Gaza, Negev, Sinai


121. Madebena, which is now Menois - (Kh. Ma'in)

ORIGINAL TEXTS


Medebena in tribu Iudae, cuius meminit Esaias. Et nunc est Menois oppidum iuxta civitatem Gazam.
(Jerome 131,6-7)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Eusebius, Onomasticon 130,7-8 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 131,6-7 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Medebena (Jos 15:31 - Medemena), in the tribe of Judah, and also mentioned in Isaiah (10:31). And today it is Minois, a townlet near Gaza.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Josh 15:20-21. 31 The inheritance of the tribe of Judah
This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families. The towns belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme South, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur... Ziklag, Madmannah [LXX A: Medebena], Sansannah.

Is 10:27 A prophecy about an invasion
He [the enemy] has gone up from Rimmon, he has come to Aiath; he has passed through Migron, at Michmash he stores his baggage; they have crossed over the pass, at Geba they lodge for the night; Ramah trembles, Gibeah of Saul has fled. Cry aloud, O daughter Gallim! Listen, O Laishah! Answer her, O Anathoth! Madmenah is in flight, the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety. This very day he will halt at Nob, he will shake his fist at the mount of daughter Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

EPISCOPAL CITY

Bishops' list
Zosimus (A.D. 449, 451)
John (A.D. 518)
Stephanus (A.D. 536)


ICONOGRAPHIC PARALLELS

Notitia Dignitatum
(5th cent. A.D.)
Menoida


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