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Valley of Sorek
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A valley that ran east-west in the western foothills of Judah. Samson’s mistress Delilah was from there (Judg 16:4). “Sorek” probably referred to the fertile valley that passes between the hill of Zorah to the north and Beth-shemesh and Timnah to the south. Its position west of Jerusalem made the Valley of Sorek strategically important. It was probably in this valley that the Israelites defeated the Philistines in 1 Sam 7:5–14.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sorek, Valley of
Sorek, Valley of (נַחַל שׂוֹרֵק‎, nachal soreq). A valley that ran east-west in the western foothills of Judah. Samson’s mistress Delilah was from there (Judg 16:4). “Sorek” probably referred to the fertile valley that passes between the hill of Zorah to the north and Beth-shemesh and Timnah to the south.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Sorek, Valley of (Place)
SOREK, VALLEY OF (PLACE) [Heb naḥal šōrēq (נַחַל שֹׁרֵק)]. A valley mentioned by name only once in the Bible (Judg 16:4). The name refers primarily to a relatively broad valley in the Shephelah some 21 km (13 miles) W of Jerusalem, but also to the occasional river (Nahal Soreq) and to the system
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Sorek, Valley of
Sorek, Valley of. Valley in which Delilah lived (Jgs 16:4). It began in the hill country of Judah, about 13 miles W,SW of Jerusalem, and took a northwesterly course to the Mediterranean Sea. It is identifiable with the Wadi es-Sarar. The Danites attempted to settle this area, but were driven out by the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Sorek
Sorek sôʹrek, VALLEY OF [Heb. naḥal śōrēq—‘wadi of the choice vine’; Gk. LXXA toú cheimárrou Sōrēch]. A valley mentioned only once by name in Scripture: “… [Samson] loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah” (Jgs. 16:4). It can be located in relation to the identifiable towns
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Sorek, Valley of
SOREK, VALLEY OF Valley in which Delilah lived (Jgs 16:4). It began in the hill country of Judah, about 13 miles (20.9 kilometers) southwest of Jerusalem, and took a northwesterly course to the Mediterranean Sea. It is identifiable with the Wadi es-Sarar. The Danites attempted to settle this area but
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Sorek
Sorek (sor´ik), the name of the valley (and its brook) where Delilah lived; it is mentioned only once in the Bible (Judg. 16:4). There Samson was captured by the Philistines and taken to their city Gaza, where he destroyed the temple of Dagon. The story, along with other evidence, indicates that the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Sorek
SOREK. A fertile agricultural valley W of Jerusalem. Its name could also have been associated with the village known to Jerome as Kephar or Capharsorech near the ancient town of Zorah. Zorah was the home of Samson (Jdg 13:2 ff.). It was in this valley that Samson found two of the Philistine girls he
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Sorek, Valley of
SOREK, VALLEY OF. The.home of Delilah (Jdg. 16:4). There is little doubt that this may be equated with the Wadi al-Sarar, a large valley lying between Jerusalem—starting some 20 km from it—and the Mediterranean. It must always have offered a convenient route inland (it is today followed by the railway
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Sorek
Sorek (Heb. kōrēq), Valley ofWadi eṣ-Ṣarâr/Naḥal Sorek/Nahr Rubin, which forms a natural passage into the Judean hill country for travelers beginning in the coastal area of Jaffa. The valley follows the wide meanders of the Sorek streambed across the fertile alluvial soil. At the base of the hill
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Sorek, Valley of
Sorek, Valley of [sôrˊĕk] (Heb. naḥal śōrēq “valley of a choice grape vine”). A valley to be identified with Wâdī eṣ-Ṣarâr, which runs in a northwesterly direction from the vicinity of Beth-shemesh (ca. 20 km. [13 mi.] west-southwest of Jerusalem) to the Mediterranean, meeting the
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Sorek
SOREK The Hebrew Bible has nahal ‘rivulet’. The place where Delilah dwelt (Judg. 16:4), near Zorah. The name has been preserved at Khirbet Suraiq. Eusebius (Onom. 160, 2–4) states that even in his time there was on the border of Beth-Gubrin, near Zareah, a village by the name of Sorek.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Sorek, Valley Of
SOREK, VALLEY OF A valley in the low hills west of Jerusalem that was the home of Delilah (Judg 16:4); it is probably the modern Wadi al-Sarar between Jerusalem and Jaffa. The valley stood on the dividing line between the territories of Dan and Judah (Josh 15:9–12; 19:40–49). (See Samson.)