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Debir (of South Hill Country)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
An ancient city in the hill country of Canaan and Israel, located south of Hebron. Conquered by the Israelites during the time of Joshua and Caleb, originally allotted to the tribe of Judah, and then given to the tribe of Levi. Also known as Kiriath Sepher and Kiriath Sannah.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Debir of the South Hill Country
Debir of the South Hill Country (דְּבִ֥יר‎, devir). An ancient city in the hill country of Canaan and Israel, located south of Hebron. Conquered by the Israelites during the time of Joshua and Caleb, originally allotted to the tribe of Judah, and then given to the tribe of Levi. Also known as Kiriath
Kiriath-Sannah
Kiriath-Sannah (קִרַיַת סַנָּה‎, qirayath sannah). Also known as Debir. A Canaanite royal city in Judah (Josh 10:38; 15:49).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Debir (Place)
DEBIR (PLACE) [Heb dĕbı̂r (דְּבִיר)]. Three towns mentioned in the OT bear this name.1. A town in the S hill country of Judah listed in the roster of cities that Joshua captured and utterly destroyed (Josh 10:38–39). It was governed by a king (10:39; 12:13). Joshua 15 preserves the tradition that Othniel
Kiriath-Sannah (Place)
KIRIATH-SANNAH (PLACE) [Heb qiryat-sannâ (קִרְיַת־סַנָּה)]. According to Josh 15:49, the former name of the city of Debir. Precisely because this reading is problematic, Noth (1935: 44–50) assumed that the text indeed originally listed Kiriath-sannah, and that the equation with Debir was a later gloss.
Kiriath-Sepher (Place)
KIRIATH-SEPHER (PLACE) [Heb qiryat-sēper (קִרְיַת־סֵפֶר)]. Alternative name of a Canaanite, and later Judahite, town located in the SW hill country of Judah. It later became known as Debir. The name Kiriath-Sepher means something like “scribe town” or perhaps “town of the treaty-stele” (Boling and Wright
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Debir (Place)
Debir (Place). 1. Canaanite city originally held by the Anakim before being conquered by the Israelites (Jos 11:21; 15:15). There are two accounts of the conquest of Debir (Jos 10:38, 39; 15:13–17). One of these lists Joshua as the conqueror, and the other lists Othniel as the conqueror (by request of
Kiriath-sannah
Kiriath-sannah. Alternate name for Debir, a Judean city, in Joshua 15:49.See Debir (Place) #1.
Kiriath-sepher
Kiriath-sepher. Older name for the Judean city Debir in Joshua 15:15.See Debir (Place) #1.
Kirjath-sannah
Kirjath-sannah. kjv spelling of Kiriath-sannah, in Joshua 15:49.See Debir (Place) #1.
Kirjath-sepher
Kirjath-sepher. kjv spelling of Kiriath-sepher in Joshua 15:15, 16 and Judges 1:11, 12.See Debir (Place) #1.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Debir (of South Hill Country)
1. A town in the Judean hill country S of Hebron; originally a Canaanite city called Kiriath-sepher, (Heb. qiryaṯ-sēp̱er), “house of the book,” which the LXX renders pólis grammátōn, “city of books” (Josh. 15:15; Jgs. 1:11). The correct geographical location of this city is fixed by its place in
Kiriath-sannah
Kiriath-sannah kir-i-ath-sanʹə [Heb. qiryaṯ sannâ]. A city in southern Judah, probably to be identified with Kiriath-sepher, since (1) it is identified as Debir (Josh. 15:49), and (2) the LXX translates Kiriath-sannah, just as it does Kiriath-sepher, as pólis grammátōn. See Debir 1.W. S. LaSor
Kiriath-sepher
Kiriath-sepher kir-i-ath-sēʹfər [Heb. qiryaṯ sēp̱er—‘city of book(s)’; cf. LXX pólis grammátōn, but more reasonably “city of the scribe(s)”]. A city in southern Judah (Josh. 15:15f.; Jgs. 1:11f.). Caleb occupied the city by the agency of Othniel (Josh. 15:17), and since Caleb’s daughter (who had
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Debir (Place)
DEBIR (Place)1. Canaanite city originally held by the Anakim before being conquered by the Israelites (Jos 11:21; 15:15). There are two accounts of the conquest of Debir (10:38–39; 15:13–17). One of these lists Joshua as the conqueror, and the other lists Othniel as the conqueror (by request of Caleb).
Kiriath-Sannah
KIRIATH-SANNAH Alternate name for Debir, a Judean city, in Joshua 15:49. See Debir (Place) #1.
Kiriath-Sepher
KIRIATH-SEPHER Older name for the Judean city Debir in Joshua 15:15. See Debir (Place) #1.
Kirjath-Sannah
KIRJATH-SANNAH* kjv spelling of Kiriath-sannah, in Joshua 15:49. See Debir (Place) #1.
Kirjath-Sepher
KIRJATH-SEPHER* kjv spelling of Kiriath-sepher in Joshua 15:15–16 and Judges 1:11–12. See Debir (Place) #1.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Debir
Debir (dee´buhr; Heb., possibly “back part”).1 A king of Eglon who joined the Amorite confederation trying to stop Joshua (Josh. 10:3).2 Part of the northern border of Judah (Josh. 15:7), probably Thoghret ed-Debr, “pass of Debir,” ten miles east of Jerusalem and about eight miles southwest of Jericho.
Kiriath-Sepher
Kiriath-sepher (kihr´ee-ath-see´fuhr), an early name for Debir (Josh. 15:15; Judg. 1:11). See also Debir.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Debir
DEBIR. A name given to a king and to three cities in Canaan. The word may mean “innermost room of a shrine,” then, “sacred city,” and ultimately may have been substituted for an older name, just as Zion (“citadel”) became synonymous with Jerusalem.1. A king of Eglon according to the Heb. MT (Josh 10:3).
Kirjath-Sannah
KIRJATH-SANNAH. The reputed name of a city in the hill country of Judah (Josh 15:49); the same as Debir (q.v.). It is possible that this is a third name for Debir (in addition to Kirjath-sepher), although no satisfactory explanation has been given as to its meaning. However, the LXX evidently had the
Kirjath-Sepher
KIRJATH-SEPHERThe Kishon currently is a much smaller stream than in biblical times because its waters are used for irrigation. HFV See Debir. K43
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Debir
DEBIR. (Heb. debîr). 1. A city on the S side of the Judaean hills, held by Anakim before the Israelite invasion, then by Kenizzites (Jos. 10:38; 11:21; 15:15= Jdg. 1:11). A levitical town (Jos. 21:15). In Jos. 15:49 it is equated with Kiriath-sanna; since the Achsah story recalls Kiriath-sepher as the
Kiriath-Sepher
KIRIATH-SEPHER (Heb. qiryaṯ-sēp̱er). The name used for *Debir in the story of Othniel and Achsah (Jos. 15:15ff., Jdg. 1:11ff.).J. P. U. Lilley
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Debir (Place)
Debir (Heb. dĕḇɩ̂r) (PLACE) (also LIDEBIR, LO-DEBAR)1. A city in the southern hill country of Judah, cited in the Joshua conquest narrative (Josh. 10:38–39). It has been identified tentatively with Khirbet Rabûd (1515.0933), 13 km. (ca. 8 mi.) SSW of Hebron. The site was first suggested by Kurt Galling,
Kiriath-Sannah
Kiriath-Sannah (Heb. qiryaṯ-sannâ)Either an alternate name or scribal error for Kiriath-sepher, identified with Debir (Josh. 15:49). This form, which occurs only in the MT, may be the result of dittography with the preceding site, Dannah.
Kiriath-Sepher
Kiriath-Sepher (Heb. qiryaṯ-sēp̱er)The ancient name of Debir (1; Josh. 15:15–16 = Judg. 1:11–12; cf. Josh. 15:49).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Debir (Place)
DEBIR [dēˊbər] (Heb. deḇîr “back part” or deḇir “remote village”) (PLACE).
Kiriath-Sannah
Kiriath-Sannah [kĭrˊĭ ăth sănˊə] (Heb. qiryaṯ sannâ). Either an alternate name or a scribal error for Kiriath-sepher (Josh. 15:49; KJV “Kirjath-sannah”). This form, which occurs only in the MT, may be the result of dittography with the preceding site, Dannah.
Kiriath-Sepher
Kiriath-Sepher [kĭrˊĭ ăth sēˊfər] (Heb. qiryaṯ sēp̱er “city of [the] book [or document]”). The ancient name of Debir 1 (Josh. 15:15–16; Judg. 1:11; cf. Josh. 15:49).
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Debir
DEBIR An ancient Canaanite city whose former name was Kirjath-Sepher (Josh. 15:15; Judg. 1:11). The city was conquered by Othniel, the son of Kenaz (Judg. 1:13), and its ruler was one of the Canaanite kings vanquished by Joshua (Josh. 12:13). It was later one of the cities of Judah (Josh. 15:49) and
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Debir
DEBIR Known originally as Kiriath-sepher (Josh 15:15; Judg 1:11), a town in southern Judah; probably modern Tell Beit Mirsim. Debir was inhabited by the Anakim at the time of the Israelite invasion (Josh 11:21) and was included in the list of cities captured and destroyed by Joshua (Josh 10:38–39). Othniel,
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