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(“the ruins”), present-day et-Tell, 2 km southeast of Bethel. It was originally a dominant site in the Early Bronze Age, 3200–2400 bce; at its apex 11 hectares with walls, four gates, temple, and acropolis. After an interruption in settlement from 2400 to 1200, an unfortified farming village arose (1 hectare) near the Early Bronze acropolis. There was a peaceful end to settlement c. 1050 bce. Isa 10:28 mentions the uninhabited site on the occasion of the Assyrian advance against Jerusalem. Returnees from the Exile settled near Ai (Neh 11:31). …

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Niemann, Hermann M., “Ai”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 March 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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