Beth-Zur
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Beth-Zur

house of a rock

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BETH-ZUR

beth'-zur (beth-tsur; Baith-sour, "house of rock"; less probably "house of the god Zur"):

(1) Mentioned (Joshua 15:58) as near Halhul and Gedor in the hill country of Judah; fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:7). In Nehemiah 3:16 mention is made of "Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of half the district of Beth-zur." During the Maccabean wars it (Bethsura) came into great importance (1 Maccabees 4:29, 61; 6:7, 26, 31, 49, 50; 9:52; 10:14; 0.503472222; 14:7, 33). Josephus describes it as the strongest place in all Judea (Ant., XIII, v, 6). It was inhabited in the days of Eusebius and Jerome.

(2) It is the ruined site Belt Cur, near the main road from Jerusalem to Hebron, and some 4 miles North of the latter. Its importance lay in its natural strength, on a hilltop dominating the highroad, and also in its guarding the one southerly approach for a hostile army by the Vale of Elah to the Judean plateau. The site today is conspicuous from a distance through the presence of a ruined medieval tower. (See PEF, III, 311, Sh XXI).

E. W. G. Masterman

Strong's Hebrew
1049. Beth-tsur -- "house of a rock," a place in Judah
... Word Origin from bayith and tsur Definition "house of a rock," a place in
Judah NASB Word Usage Beth-zur (3), Bethzur (1). Beth-zur. ...
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Concerning Rehoboam, and How God Inflicted Punishment Upon Him for ...
... the son of Solomon, who, as we said before, was king of the two tribes, built strong
and large cities, Bethlehem, and Etare, and Tekoa, and Bethzur, and Shoco ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 concerning rehoboam and.htm

A Nation's Struggle for a Home and Freedom.
... yet been identified. The name is perhaps but a scribal corruption of Bethlehem
or of Bethzur further to the south. The other towns ...
/.../kent/the making of a nation/study xii a nations struggle.htm

The First Chaldaean Empire and the Hyksos in Egypt
... The grottoes of Palestine proper, at Bethzur, at Gilgal near Jericho, and at Tibneh,
have been the subject of keen controversy ever since their discovery. ...
/.../chapter ithe first chaldaean empire.htm

Letter cviii. To Eustochium.
... [2814] Next turning to the right she passed from Bethzur [2815] to Eshcol which
means "a cluster of grapes." It was hence that the spies brought back that ...
/.../jerome/the principal works of st jerome/letter cviii to eustochium.htm

Tiglath-Pileser iii. And the Organisation of the Assyrian Empire ...
... 2 Chronicles 11:6-10, where we find a list of the towns fortified by Rehoboam:
Bethlehem, Etam, Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim ...
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Thesaurus
Bethzur (4 Occurrences)
... Chronicles 11:7). In Nehemiah 3:16 mention is made of "Nehemiah the son of Azbuk,
the ruler of half the district of Beth-zur." During the ...Bethzur (4 Occurrences ...
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Beth-zur (4 Occurrences)
Beth-zur. Bethzur, Beth-zur. Betimes . Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia ... (ASV
BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT NAS RSV). Bethzur, Beth-zur. Betimes . Reference Bible
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Zur (9 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV). Joshua 15:58 Halhul, BethZur,
Gedor, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). 1 ...
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Gedor (7 Occurrences)
... ge'-dor (gedhor; Codex Vaticanus, Geddor, Codex Alexandrinus, Gedor): (1) A town
in the mountains of Judah, named with Halhul and Beth-zur (Joshua 15:58). ...
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Maon (7 Occurrences)
... Nabal, the great flockmaster (1 Samuel 25:2). In the genealogical list of 1 Chronicles
2, Maon stands as the "son" of Shammai and the "father" of Beth-zur (2:44 ...
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Territory (140 Occurrences)
... is the great Vale of Elah (Wady es Cunt), to guard the highest parts of which (now
the Wady es Cur) was built the powerful fortress of Beth-zur (2 Chronicles 11 ...
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Betimes (17 Occurrences)

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Beth (115 Occurrences)
... YLT NAS RSV NIV). Joshua 15:58 Halhul, BethZur, Gedor, (WEB KJV JPS ASV
BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Joshua 15:59 Maarath, Beth ...
/b/beth.htm - 40k

Halhul (1 Occurrence)
... hal'-hul (chalchul): A city in the hill country of Judah (Joshua 15:58), "Halhul,
Beth-zur and Gedor." It is without doubt the modern Chalchul, a village on a ...
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Zuriel (1 Occurrence)
... 320), and bartsur, in a Zinjirli inscription of the 8th century BC (Panammu Inscr.,
1. 1), and that possibly the Old Testament place-name "Beth-zur" should be ...
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Concordance
Beth-zur (4 Occurrences)

Joshua 15:58
Halhul, Beth-zur, and Gedor,
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT NAS RSV)

1 Chronicles 2:45
And the son of Shammai was Maon; and Maon was the father of Beth-zur.
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT)

2 Chronicles 11:7
And Beth-zur, and Soco, and Adullam,
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Nehemiah 3:16
After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of half the district of Beth-zur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and unto the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty men.
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Subtopics

Beth-Zur

Beth-Zur: A Town in Judah

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Beth (115 Occurrences)

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