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Posted on 01/01/2005 1:36:08 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The most widely held view is that the modern site of Beitin was Bethel, however, the detailed information given by Eusebius did not particularly suit this identification... Eusebius had used Bethel as a central place for identification of the location of other places, second in importance only to Jerusalem, and had given distances from four other locations. The first of these, at the twelfth milestone north of Jerusalem, presented few problems, but the second, 4 milestones east of Gibeon, was more problematic, did not really fit Beitin, and was better suited to el-Bireh... Archaeologically, although both Eusebius and Jerome described Bethel as a village in their own times, the small amounts of Roman-Byzantine pottery found at Beitin, from unstratified contexts, suggested an occupation ending before this period.
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