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Samaria (region)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
In the Bible, “Samaria” refers to both a city and a geographic region within the Central Highlands (compare 1 Kgs 16:24). The city sits over 400 feet above sea level, and offered easy access to major travel routes and the Jezreel Valley, particularly the Via Maris—which connects Egypt and Syria—and other major highways that cut through the middle of Israel. However, Samaria lacks a significant water source (Avigad, Samaria, 1300).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Samaria
Samaria (שֹׁמְרוֹן‎, shomeron; Σαμάρεια, Samareia). In the Bible, “Samaria” refers to both a city and a geographic region within the Central Highlands (compare 1 Kgs 16:24). The city sits over 400 feet above sea level, and offered easy access to major travel routes and the Jezreel Valley, particularly
Samaria, Fall of
Samaria, Fall of (שֹׁמְרוֹן‎, shomeron; Σαμάρεια, Samareia). Explores the events surrounding the fall of the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel to Assyria.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Samaria (Place)
SAMARIA (PLACE) [Heb šōmrôn (שֹׁמְרֹון)]. The place name “Samaria” has a twofold sense. First, it refers to the capital city of the N kingdom of Israel, from the time of its construction by Omri in the early 9th century b.c. (1 Kgs 16:23–24) to its conquest by the Assyrians in the late 8th century
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Samaria
Samaria. Capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, identified with the hill on which the village of Sebastieh is located.The hill was purchased by Omri from Shemer, the clan who had occupied it. He built his new capital there (1 Kgs 16:24). A village was evidently there dating at least from the 10th
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Samaria
Samaria sə-mârʹē-ə [Heb. šōmerôn; Aram šāmerayin (Ezr. 4:10, 17); Gk. Samareia, Somorōn (Ezra); other forms in 1 K. 16:24 only].
Samaria
1. A residence of the rulers of Israel during the divided kingdom. It is mentioned 190 times in the OT and frequently in Assyrian records (as “Samerina”) and Aramaic, Greek, and Latin literature.The oldest excavated remains of Samaria, located on a hill about 68 km (42 mi) N of Jerusalem, are Early
Samaria
Samaria sə-mârʹē-ə, COUNTRY OF [Heb. šōmerôn; Aram šāmerayin, Akk. Samerina; Gk. Samareia; traditionally derived from the tribe or clan name Shemer, but more likely from šōmēr, “watchman”; cf. Isa. 21:11]. A region in Palestine located between Galilee (N) and Judah/Judea (S) and between
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Samaria
SAMARIA Capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, identified with the hill on which the village of Sebastieh is located.The hill was purchased by King Omri from Shemer, the clan who had occupied it. He built his new capital there (1 Kgs 16:24). A village was evidently there, dating at least from the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Samaria, City Of
Samaria (suh-mair´ee-uh), city of, the capital of the northern kingdom, Israel, for the greater part of the history of that independent state. Omri built the city in the early ninth century bce and moved his administrative center there from Tirzah (1 Kings 16:24). It remained the capital until the demise
Samaria, District Of
Samaria, district of, an area in the central hill country of Canaan, the natural borders of which were defined by the sea on the west, the Valley of Jezreel or Plain of Esdraelon on the north (with Mount Carmel to the west and Mount Gilboa to the east), the Jordan River on the east, and the Valley of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Samaria
Ruins of the gate of Samaria with a Hellenistic round tower at left. HFVSAMARIA1. The city—founded c. 880 b.c. by Omri, king of Israel. It remained the capital of the northern kingdom until its fall in 722/21 b.c. After reigning for six years at Tirzah (c. six miles NNE of Shechem), Omri purchased
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Samaria
SAMARIA. The name of the N Israelite capital and of the territory surrounding it.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Samaria
Samaria [sə mârˊĭ ə] (Heb. šōmrôn; Aram. šāmerāyin; Gk. Samareia). The capital city of Israel, the northern kingdom.Samaria was established as Israel’s capital on a hill purchased by King Omri from Shemer (1 Kgs. 16:24). The ruins of the city are at modern Sebastiyeh, ca. 9 km. (5.6
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Samaria, Shomron
SAMARIA, SHOMRON Samaria, biblical Shomron in Hebrew, was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Israel. Built on a hill about 300 feet above the surrounding fertile agricultural area, the city occupies a strategic point that gives access in three directions: in the west to the coastal plain; in the east
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Samaria
SAMARIA, SAMARITANS Samaria was the capital city of the northern kingdom of Israel under the Omride Dynasty in the early ninth century b.c. (1 Kgs 16:23–24) until the city was conquered by the Assyrians around 722 b.c. The city of Samaria is normally identified with the modern Sebastiya (Sebaste). The