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Title: Isaac of Antioch and the Sack of Beth Hur
Author(s): GREATREX, G.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 111 Issue: 3-4 Date: 1998
Isaac's two homilies concerning the destruction of Beth Hur cannot be said to have been ignored by scholars. They are alluded to by Segal and Shahid, and discussed in detail by Klugkist in a recent Symposium Syriacum. A scholarly consensus appears to have developed, evident in the work of Segal and Klugkist, which places the Arab assault on the town in the late 450s A.D. And, since Isaac refers to a period of thirtyfour years since the previous attack on Beth Hur, the earlier Persian capture is placed in the 420s. It is the aim of this brief article to challenge this consensus, and to argue that the two attacks on Beth Hur occurred in A.D. 440 and 474 rather than c.423 and c.457.