The twilight town. 2.
16th century BC: The conquest of Yapu in the first campaign of the pharaoh Thutmosis III is evident from his topographical list. Yapu was taken by a trick by a fellow called Dhuit and Thutmosis did not take part in its conquest. After its conquest, Yapu became an Egyptian administrative centre, as is evident from the Amarna letters as well as from the papyrus Anastasi I. It describes Yapu as a large city with an arsenal and with workshops for repairing chariots.
It should be noted that archaeological excavations at the mound of ancient Yapu did not reveal any signs of destruction that might be attributed to its conquest by Thutmosis’s troops (Area A, Startum VI). It is possible that its conquest by trick saved it from destruction.
There is also a certain link between a number of towns in the south, near
, and the people of
Dan, like Tell Qasile. This town was important in the 12th and 11th
century. It was close to the coast with a temple and with much Philistine
pottery. For the first time we see here appear iron objects. The tribe Dan has
not space enough and emigrates to the north to the town of Jaffa . Lesem
12th – 11th century BC: Originally Philisteia was the name of a strip of land in the Holy Land between
Jaffa and Gaza with the foothills of Judaea
forming its eastern boundary.
However you look at it, the Bible has a major impact on telling the story of Joppe, at least if you may or can believe the content of the Bible.
11th century BC: Josh.19:47: Joppe is given to the tribe of Dan together with a corridor to this place. That Joppe really was taken by the tribe of Dan is not certain, but the fact, that it is also said, that the people of Dan had ships, makes it plausible.
10th century BC: Hiram responded to the request of Salomon as follows:
2 Chron.16: “And we will cut wood out of
Lebanon, according to all thy need, and we will
bring it on rafts on the sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to .” Jerusalem
This statement makes it not clear if Joppe is independent, under Hiram or under Salomon.