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Moladah was a biblical town of Simeon in the Negeb near Beersheba.

Biblical importance[edit]

Moladah has several mentions in the bible: Joshua 15:26, Joshua 19:2, 1 Chronicles 4:28 and Nehemiah 11:26. In Joshua, it is just allotting land for the Tribes of Israel. In 1 Chronicles, it is in a list of places of the descendants of Simeon. In Nehemiah, it is shown as being occupied by the returning Judahite exiles. It was later turned into an Indumean fortress.[1]

Current location[edit]

There have been, and are, many debates concerning the current location of Moladah.[2] Tell el-Milḥ, SE of Beersheba, has been regularly identified with Moladah, but this mound is now thought more likely Canaanite Arad.[3] The more likey location is Khereibet el-Waṭen, E of Beersheba, which is possibly the Arab equivalent of the Hebrew name.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lange, Johann Peter (1871). Schaff, Phillip, ed. A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: critical, doctrinal, and homilectical iv. p. 132. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Douglas, J.D.; Hillyer, Norman; Bruce, F.F.; Guthrie, Donald; Millard, A.R.; Wiseman, D.J. (Eds.). The Illustrated Bible Dictionary Volume 2, page 1018. Inter-Varsity, 1980. ISBN 0851106285
  3. ^ J. Simons: Geographical and Topographical Texts of the Old Testament, 1959 Page 144
  4. ^ Y. Aharoni The Land of the Bible, 1967 Page 110