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This indicates a warm climate since the melting of the polar ice caps affected the level of the Mediterranean Sea but not the level of the Dead Sea (Issar 1995: 354). Issar (1995: 354) and Weiss et al. C. C. in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages (Frumkin et al. 1991: 198; 1994: 325–26). Stiebing (1989) argues that the Late Bronze Age probably ended as a result of climate change. His evidence includes such indicators of past climatic conditions as pollen, 34 / “East of the Jordan” tree rings, and lake levels (dated by radiocarbon, tree ring chronology, and other scientific dating methods).

7. The Dead Sea Region. The “Cities of the Plain” and Lasha / 47 eastward towards the shores of the Dead Sea where the cities of the Plain were seemingly located (Aharoni 1979: 76). ” Genesis 13 narrates the separation of the patriarch Abram/Abraham from his nephew Lot because their possessions were so great that the land could not support both of them living together (v 6). 3) in the hills to the north of Jerusalem and northwest of Jericho. From here large stretches of the surrounding area are visible (Speiser 1964: 97; Abel 1967, 1: 371–72; Von Rad 1972: 172).

The changing level of the Dead Sea over time is an indicator of climatic variations. Citing evidence from the salt caves of Mount Sedom located at the southwestern end of the Dead Sea and correlating this with other studies on Holocene climates, Frumkin et al. (1991; 1994) posit that the EB I–III period in Israel was the moistest period during the last 6000 years. According to their findings, the level of the Dead Sea rose to at least 300 m below sea level during the EB I–III period, indicating increased precipitation throughout the Dead Sea drainage basin (Frumkin et al.

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