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The growth of legends and traditional identifications can be traced in the writings of the pilgrims who have visited the town from Jerome's time till our own.
Which, if any, of these identifications is correct, it is impossible to say.
Such identifications, however, do not fix the date of the book precisely; the author may have referred to events that happened before his time.
This fact somewhat weakens the various identifications that have been proposed for the cities of Bashan enumerated by name.
The true site can be determined, if at all, by excavation only; identifications based on mere outward similarity of names have always been fruitful sources of error.