The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Zorah (צָרְעָה‎, tsor'ah). A town assigned to the tribe of Dan. Birthplace of Samson (Judg 13:2, 25; 16:31; 18:2, 8, 11; Josh 15:33; 19:41; 2 Chr 11:10, Neh 11:29).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Zorah (Place)
ZORAH (PLACE) [Heb ṣorʿâ (צָרְעָה)]. ZORITE; ZORATHITE. A town located in the Sorek valley, identified with Sarʿa (Tel Zorʿa; (M.R. 148131), about 3 km N of Beth-shemesh. Zorah is mentioned in the Amarna Letters as one of the towns in the kingdom of Gezer attacked by ʿApiru (EA 273). At the time of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Zorah, Zorathite
Zorah, Zorathite. One of the cities of the Shephelah attributed to both the tribe of Dan and of Judah (Jos 15:33; 19:41), because it was part of Judah’s original allocation but was settled by Danites until they established their own territory near Laish (Jgs 18:11). Originally Zorah and nearby Eshtaol
Zareah, Zareathite
Zareah, Zareathite. kjv spelling of Zorah and Zorathite in Nehemiah 11:29 and 1 Chronicles 2:53, respectively.See Zorah, Zorathite.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Zorah zôr‛ə [Heb. ṣorʿâ; Gk. Saraa]; AV also ZOREAH, ZAREAH. A city in the Shephelah; the home of Manoah the father of Samson (Jgs. 13:2). Zorah (modern Ṣarʿah) was located in the northernmost district of the Shephelah, 2.5 km (1 1/2 mi) W of Eshtaol (Eshwaʿ) and 6 km (4 mi) S of Latrun. Overlooking
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Zorah, Zorathite
ZORAH, ZORATHITE A city of the Shephelah and its people, attributed to both the tribe of Dan and of Judah (Jos 15:33; 19:41). It was part of Judah’s original allocation but was settled by Danites until they established their own territory near Laish (Jgs 18:1–11). Originally Zorah and nearby Eshtaol
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Zorah (zor´uh), a town (modern Sar‘ah) located in the Valley of Sorek, three miles northeast of Beth-shemesh and fifteen miles west of Jerusalem. The Danite Manoah, father of Samson, came from Zorah, and Samson was raised there (Judg. 13:2, 25). Both he and his father were buried in the region between
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ZORAH. city allotted to the tribe of Dan (Josh 19:41); the home of Manoah, the father of Samson (Jdg 13:2, 25), and the place of Samson’s burial (Jdg 16:31). Some Danites of Zorah sought additional land in the N and migrated there, capturing Micah’s Levitical priest of his private temple en route (Jdg
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ZORAH. A town in the lowlands of Judah (Jos. 15:33), closely connected with the Samson stories. Its site is Ṣar‘a, on the N side of the Wadi al-Ṣarar, the biblical valley of Sorek. The Tell el-Amarna letters refer to it as Zarkha. It was fortified by Rehoboam (2 Ch. 11:10) and reoccupied after the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Zorah (Heb. ṣorʿâ)A small village in the tribal inheritance of Dan (Josh. 19:41), later annexed to Judah (15:33). The site is identified with Ṣarʿah/Tel Zorʿa (148131), ca. 21 km. (13 mi.) W of Jerusalem. High upon a hill, the settlement controlled the highway through the “great fosse” passing along
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Zorah [zôrˊə] (Heb. ṣor˓â). A city of the Shephelah, allotted to Judah (Josh. 15:33; KJV “Zoreah”) and also to Dan (19:41). The site is modern Ṣar˓ah, 3.2 km. (2 mi.) north of Beth-shemesh on the north side of the Wâdī eṣ-Ṣarâr (the biblical valley of Sorek). Zorah was the birthplace
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Zorah; Zoreah
ZORAH; ZOREAH A town in the Plain, on the border of the territory of Dan (Josh. 19:41), always mentioned together with Eshtaol in this context (Josh. 15:33); the birth-place and burial-place of Samson. From Zorah five men went up to look for a new place for the Danites (Judg. 13:2; 16:31). In the time
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ZORAH A town in the Sorek Valley, in the lowlands of Judah (Josh 15:33). It has been identified with modern Sarʿa north of Bethshemesh. Manoah, the father of Samson, was from Zorah (Judg 13:2; 16:31).
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