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Title: Lab'aya's Connection with Shechem Reassessed
Author(s): ADAMTHWAITE, Murray R.
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 30    Date: 1992   
Pages: 1-19
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.30.0.525724

Abstract :
One of the many vexed problems in the interpretation of the Amarna correspondence concerns the placement of the various Canaanite kinglets in their respective capitals and spheres of operation. While for some kinglets the evidence is clear, for example, Milkilim at Gezer, Yašdata in Ta'anach, or Zimreda at Lachisch, for other kinglets the task is not so easy, notably Šuwardata who has been placed variously at Hebron, Gath, or Qilti. Another latent problem is the location of notorious Lab'aya, almost universally identified with Shechem, but the evidence for this comes from a single and difficult reference in EA 289:20-24. This identification is here challenged with an alternative capital proposed at Pella in the Transjordan. In turn, this relocation carries implications for understanding aspects of Egyptian control at this time.

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