MemberJune 2, 2021 at 7:43 am
Here is an argument for locating the five cities of the plain in the southern Dead Sea area that I have not seen anywhere else. Compare the extent of the Amorite territory from these two early texts:
Gen 10:19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon, in the direction of Gerar, as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.
Jdg 1:36 The border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward.
The Canaanites and the Amorites are often listed together (e.g. Num 13:29), “Canaan” being the ancestor of the many nations in the Land of Canaan including the Amorites (Gen 10:15-19). According to Judges, the Amorites lived as far S as the Ascent of Akrabbim. The ascent, Ma’ale Aqrabbim, is on the northern wall of Wadi Zin a few km WSW of the Dead Sea.
In Genesis, the Canaanite territory extended as far as the five cities of the plain (I suspect that ‘Lasha’ there is a copyist’s error for Zoar, the southernmost city of the five). So these two texts are in agreement IF the five cities of the plain are in the southern section of the Dead Sea (the Ghor) at about the same latitude as Ma’ale Aqrabbim. Gen 10:19 makes no sense at all with Sodom at Tall al-Hammam in the S Jordan Valley. We know the Canaanites lived further S than that.