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A pool in the wilderness of Tekoa, near where Jonathan Maccabeus and Simon Maccabeus camped during their flight from Bacchides (1 Macc 9:33).
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ASPHAR (PLACE) [Gk asphar (ἀσφαρ)]. A pool in the wilderness of Tekoa, to which Jonathan Maccabeus, his brother Simon, and their army fled from Bacchides (1 Macc 9:33). Bacchides was one of 2 commanders sent to Judah ca. 160 b.c. by the Seleucid ruler Demetrius I Soter (reigned 162–150). Eschewing retreat,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Asphar asʹfär [GK. Asphar]. A pool in the wilderness of Tekoa, near which Jonathan and Simon Maccabeus camped when fleeing from Bacchides (1 Macc. 9:33; Josephus Ant. xiii.1.2). J. Simons (GTTOT, § 1152) says that the identification with ez-Za‘ferân is doubtful, since that name occurs at several places.
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ASPHAR, THE POOL
ASPHAR, THE POOL<as’-far>, ([λάκκος ʼΑσφάρ, lakkos Asphar]): When Jonathan and Simon fled from Bacchides they encamped by this pool in the wilderness of Tekoa (1 Macc 9:33; Ant, XIII, i, 2). It is probably identical with Ez-Za`feraneh, a ruined site with an ancient cistern, to the South of Tekoa,
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
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Asphar, the Pool