Rethinking the Location of Zoar


by Steven Collins PhD

Zoar is typically located near the southern tip of the Dead Sea. However, a careful analysis of key biblical passages signals that it must be outside the territories of Moab and Edom, which makes the southern Dead Sea location questionable. Zoar is designated as the southern boundary of the Reuben tribal allotment, and, therefore, should be placed somewhere near the Arnon Gorge, north of the Moabite Kingdom boundary.


The Academic Journal of Trinity Southwest University

ISSN 1938-694X

Volume VI

Number 3

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