Wadi al-Hasa

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Wadi al-Hasa (Arabic: وادي الحسا‎), known from the Hebrew Bible as the valley and brook of Zered (Hebrew: זרד‎), is a wadi in western Jordan.[1]

Geography[edit]

The wadi is very big and long and ends in the Dead Sea at the town of Al-Safi.[2]

Water use[edit]

The wadi area is intensely used by farmers who use the water for irrigation, mostly for vegetables like tomatoes and melons.

Hebrew Bible[edit]

Zared (also Zered) is a name used in the Torah for a brook and its valley. It is mentioned briefly in Deuteronomy 2:13-14 and more extensively in Numbers 21:12-13, as the place where the Israelites camp on their final approach to Moab. From the context it is understood that it lay in Edom, south of the border to Moab which is marked by the River Arnon, modern Wadi Mujib.

According to Peter C. Craigie, Zered's "exact location is uncertain."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Routledge, B. (2004). Moab in the Iron Age: Hegemony, Polity, Archaeology. Archaeology, Culture, and Society. University of Pennsylvania Press, Incorporated. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-8122-3801-3. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Dever, W.G. (2012). The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: When Archaeology and the Bible Intersect. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 317. ISBN 978-0-8028-6701-8. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Craigie, P.C. (1976). The Book of Deuteronomy. New International Commentary o. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-8028-2524-7. Retrieved February 18, 2018.

External links[edit]

  • For a series of spectacular photos, see: [1]

Coordinates: 31°02′10″N 35°29′20″E / 31.03611°N 35.48889°E / 31.03611; 35.48889