And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
2 Kings 17:
And the king of Assyria brought men
from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them
in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.
2 Kings 17:
And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.
2 Kings 18:
the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are
the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand?
2 Kings 19:
the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are
the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess
that of the Canaanites, even
unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is
in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
SEPHAR . Mentioned as a boundary of the descendants of Joktan in Genesis 10:30 . The most probable identification is that with Zafar , the ancient capital of the Himyarites, which is probably the seaport of Hadramaut of the same name (See Hazarmaveth).
J. F. McCurdy.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Numbering, (Genesis 10:30 ), supposed by some to be the ancient Himyaritic capital, "Shaphar," Zaphar, on the Indian Ocean, between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.
Holman Bible Dictionary
(ssee' far) Place name perhaps meaning, “numbering, census.” Eastern border of sons of Joktan (Genesis 10:30 ). The site is apparently in southern Arabia, perhaps the coastal town of Tsaphar in Oman or Itsphar south of Hadramaut.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
A mountainous district, the boundary of the descendants of Joktan. Genesis 10:30 . Probably Dhafar (pronounced Zafar) or Dhafari (pronounced Zafari ) in Hadramaut, part of Southern Arabia.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Genesis 10:30. Ζafar or Dhafari , a seaport on the coast of Hadramaut. Pronounced by Arabs Ιsfor . A series of villages near the shore of the Indian Ocean, not merely one town. El Beleed or Hark'am, consisting of but three or four inhabited houses, on a peninsula between the ocean and a bay, is the ancient Zafar (Fresnel).
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Book; scribe; number
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
"A mountain of the East," a boundary of the Joktanite tribes, Genesis 10:30 . It is perhaps the same as Mount Sabber in Southwestern Arabia.
- It is written after the enumeration of the sons of Joktan, "And their dwelling was from Mesha as thou goest unto Sephar
a mount of the east. The undoubted identifications of Arabian places and tribes with their Joktanite originals are included within these limits, and point to Sephar
, on the shore of the Indian Ocean, as the eastern boundary
- Abbreviated front Sephar
vaim, which stands in Syriac version and the targum of Jonathan for Sephar
(Zaphar a seaport on the coast of Hadramaut; Genesis 10:30, Knobel)
- of Sephar
, corresponding to Heb
- The capital of the Yemen (Arabia Felix) was originally Awzal (now San'a), anciently the most flourishing of Arab communities, its rivals being Sheba and Sephar
- Arabia, "from Mesha unto Sephar
a mount of the East" (Zafari, a seaport E
- Joktan's descendants "dwelt from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar
a mount of the East
- , was one of the two sons of Eber, and the father of thirteen sons or races ( Genesis 10:25-30 , 1 Chronicles 1:19-23 ); In the first table it is added that his descendants dwelt from Mesha to Sephar
Division of the Earth
- Of the numerous children of Joktan, it is said by Moses, that "their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar
, a mount of the east