Abel accepted Mackenzi’s identification of this structure as a monastery. He suggested identifying it with the monastery of Sampson mentioned by Moschus: Μοναστήριον εστιν απέχον απο Ίεροσολυμεν…έπιλεγόμενον Σαμψω (Jo. Mosch. Prat. 170) The monastery of Sampson, according to the Latin translation of Pratum (Migne, PG LXXXVII, 3035 D.), is located 20 km from Jerusalem, however, the direction is not given. This led Vailhé to suggest that the monastery of Sampson should be identified with Sapsas (in the Jordan Valley), based on the similarity of the name (Vailhé 1900: 278; 1932: 248).