Holman Bible Dictionary
(behth-zuhr) Place name meaning, “house of the rock.” 1. A city allotted to tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:58 ). Rehoboam, Solomon's son and successor as king of Judah (931-913 B.C.), built it up as a defense city (2 Chronicles 11:7 ) in view of the threat of Shishak of Egypt (2 Chronicles 12:2 ). A city official of Beth-zur helped Nehemiah repair Jerusalem and its wall (Nehemiah 3:16 ). It played a significant role in the wars of the Maccabeans in the period between the Testaments. It is located at khirbet et-Tubeiqeh, eighteen miles southwest of Jerusalem and four miles north of Hebron on a major highway intersection. This is one of the highest sites above sea level in Palestine.
2. Son of Maon in line of Caleb (1 Chronicles 2:45 ), apparently indicating the clan that settled the city.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
BETH-ZUR (‘house of rock,’ Joshua 15:58 , 1 Samuel 30:27 [in LXX [Note: Septuagint.] ], 1 Chronicles 2:45 , 2 Chronicles 11:7 , Nehemiah 3:16 ). The Bethsura of 1Ma 4:29 etc. A town of Judah in the Hebron mountains, fortified by Rehoboam, and still important after the Captivity. Judas MaccabÃ¦us here defeated the Greeks under Lysias in b.c. 165. It is the present ruined site, Beit Sur , on a cliff west of the Hebron road, near Halhul.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
House of a rock
- (house of echo ), a town in the mountainous district of Judah, named with Halhul, Beth-zur
and others in ( Joshua 15:58 ) only
- The site is possibly modern khirbet Qufin two miles north of Beth-zur
- Founder of Beth-zur
, 1 Chronicles 2:45
- It may be modern khirbet Illin near Beth-zur
(‘house of rock,’ Joshua 15:58 , 1 Samuel 30:27 [in LXX [Note: Septuagint
- Descendant of Caleb who founded Beth-zur
(1 Chronicles 2:45 )
- A city official of Beth-zur
helped Nehemiah repair Jerusalem and its wall (Nehemiah 3:16 )
- It is located at khirbet Judur three miles north of Hebron and Beth-zur
and west of Tekoa
- A road ran along the ridge through or near Hebron, Beth-zur
, and Bethlehem to Jerusalem
The Edomites, because of this, occupied the territory of Judah as far as the town of Beth-zur
, to the north of Hebron, which became the IdumÃ¦a (wh
- (Ezra 2:2 ; Nehemiah 7:7 ) ...
Son of Azbuk and ruler of the half part of Beth-zur
, who helped to repair the wall of Jerusalem