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Holman Bible Dictionary - Shephelah
(ssheh' fih lah) Transliteration of Hebrew geographical term meaning, “lowland.” Region of low foothills between the Philistine coastal plain and the highlands of Judah farther inland. It served as a battleground for Israel and Philistia during the period of the judges and early monarchy. Joshua 15:33-41 lists about thirty villages and towns located in the region. See Palestine .



Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Shephelah
SHEPHELAH . See Plain (5).

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Shephelah
‘Shephelah’ is a Hebrew word used to describe the low hill country between the coastal plain and the central mountains of Palestine. It was a fertile region, suitable for growing fruit trees and raising sheep and cattle (Joshua 10:40; Judges 1:9; 2 Chronicles 9:27; 2 Chronicles 26:10; Jeremiah 17:26; Jeremiah 32:44). For details see PALESTINE, sub-heading ‘Shephelah’.

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Shephelah
Hebrew for KJV "the vale," "the plain," "the low country"; rather, as 1 Maccabees 12:38 proves, the low hills between the central mountains and the seacoast plain, compare Seville; for Adida on the shephelah answers to Haditheh, which is not in the plain but the low hills. The valleys amidst the shephelah are seldom more than 300 ft. deep, and the slopes much more gradual. Eusebius says that the country about Eleutheropolis was still called shephelah . It is the district of rolling hills, not spurs or shoulders from the main range, but between this and the plain below.

The article is always prefixed, the shephelah (ha-Shephelah ), a "marked physical feature of the land"; like our phrase "the downs," "the wolds" (Zechariah 7:7; Joshua 15:33; Deuteronomy 1:7). The divisions are mountain, "hill" shephelah , and plain (Talmud, tract Shevith). Rabbi Jochanan says that from Bethhoron to Emmaus is "mountain" (har ); from Emmaus to Lydda hill; and from Lydda to the sea plain. In Joshua 15:33-47 the shephelah contains 42 cities with their dependent hamlets, many of them in the mountains. The shephelah is most fruitful, receiving, as it does, the soil washed down from the mountains behind by the winter rains; and here were extensive tracts of grain land, the references to which and to the flails and other agricultural instruments are frequently met with.

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Shephelah - Hebrew for KJV "the vale," "the plain," "the low country"; rather, as 1 Maccabees 12:38 proves, the low hills between the central mountains and the seacoast plain, compare Seville; for Adida on the Shephelah answers to Haditheh, which is not in the plain but the low hills. The valleys amidst the Shephelah are seldom more than 300 ft. Eusebius says that the country about Eleutheropolis was still called Shephelah . ... The article is always prefixed, the Shephelah (ha-Shephelah ), a "marked physical feature of the land"; like our phrase "the downs," "the wolds" (Zechariah 7:7; Joshua 15:33; Deuteronomy 1:7). The divisions are mountain, "hill" Shephelah , and plain (Talmud, tract Shevith). In Joshua 15:33-47 the Shephelah contains 42 cities with their dependent hamlets, many of them in the mountains. The Shephelah is most fruitful, receiving, as it does, the soil washed down from the mountains behind by the winter rains; and here were extensive tracts of grain land, the references to which and to the flails and other agricultural instruments are frequently met with
Shephelah - Shephelah
Shaaraim - In the Shephelah. (See Shephelah
Cabbon - A town in the Shephelah (low hilly region) of Judah
Hadashah - A town in the Shephelah or low hills of Judah (Joshua 15:37)
Shephelah - ‘Shephelah’ is a Hebrew word used to describe the low hill country between the coastal plain and the central mountains of Palestine. For details see PALESTINE, sub-heading ‘Shephelah
Adithaim - A town of Judah in the Shephelah
Cain (2) - ) A city in the low hilly country (Shephelah ) of Judah (Joshua 15:57)
Open Place - Enaim; the same probably as Enam (Joshua 15:34 ), a city in the lowland or Shephelah
Chithlish - A town in the Shephelah of Judah
Low Country - (LOW COUNTRY or PLAIN): the Shephelah
Bozkath - A city of the Shephelah or low land of Judah (Joshua 15:39; 2 Kings 22:1), to which Josiah's grandmother belonged
Migdal Gad - An old sanctuary, probably of Gad, the god of fortune; in the Shephelah or "low-rolling hills" of Judah (Joshua 15:37)
Zenan - A town in the low hills of Judah (the Shephelah ) (Joshua 15:37)
Aruboth - The third commissariat district of Solomon, probably the rich corn-growing country in the Shephelah or low hills of Judah
Dilean - A city of the Shephelah or low country of Judah (Joshua 15:38), meaning gourd or cucumber
Adida - A town in the Shephelah (Jos
Iphtah - ” Town in tribal territory of Judah in the Shephelah (Joshua 15:43 )
Zenan - ” Village in the Shephelah (wilderness) district of Judah (Joshua 15:37 ), likely identified with Araq el-Kharba
Beth-le-Aphrah - " This is probably the name of a town in the Shephelah, or "low country," between Joppa and Gaza
Ashnah - Two cities of Judah, both in the Shephelah or low hills
Migdal-Gad - ” Village near Lachish in the Shephelah district of Judah (Joshua 15:37 )
Nezib - ” Village in the Shephelah district of Judah (Joshua 15:43 )
Baal-Hanan - ... ... An overseer of "the olive trees and sycomore trees in the low plains" (the Shephelah) under David (1 Chronicles 27:28 )
Sochoh, Socoh, Shocho, Shochoh, Shoco - City in the Shephelah, or plain of Judah
Adithaim - A town in Judah, on a height overlooking the Shephelah or low hill country (Joshua 15:36)
Jiphtah - A city of Judah, in the Shephelah , or low maritime hills of Judah (Joshua 15:43)
Ether - A city in the Shephelah or low country of Judah; allotted to Simeon (Joshua 15:42; Joshua 19:7)
Tochen - The statement of Joshua 19:7 and Joshua 15:42 implies Tochen in Chronicles is another name for Ether, in the Shephelah or "low hills" between the mountains of Judah and the maritime low plain
Baalhanan - David's officer over his olives and sycamores in the Shephelah (low plain)
Gederah - ) A town of Judah in the Shephelah , or hills between the mountains and plain (Joshua 15:36)
Ashnah - A second city in the valley or Shephelah of Judah (Joshua 15:43 ), possibly modern Idna, about eight miles northwest of Hebron
Spring - , the undulating ground lying between the lowlands (the Shephelah) and the central range of hills
Joktheel - Town in Shephelah or valley of tribal allotment of Judah (Joshua 15:38 )
Azekah - Dug over, a town in the Shephelah or low hills of Judah (Joshua 15:35 ), where the five confederated Amoritish kings were defeated by Joshua and their army destroyed by a hailstrom (10:10,11)
Bethezel - ) Situated probably in the Shephelah or low hilly land of Judah, near Zaanan or Zenan (Joshua 15:37)
Hadattah - of Ascalon, which is in the Shephelah , whereas Joshua places it among towns of S
Gederoth - ” City in tribal allotment of Judah in the Shephelah or valley (Joshua 15:41 )
Nezib - ) A city in the Shephelah or "lower hills" of Judah (Joshua 15:43)
Hill Country - Any part of the range of hills that runs through Palestine from north to south, in distinction from the plains towards the Mediterranean or the Jordan; and in distinction from the Shephelah which is a region in Judah that runs between the hill country and the plain on the west, called the 'lowlands
Zanoah -
A town in the low country or Shephelah of Judah, near Zorah (Joshua 15:34 )
Gimzo - Town in the Shephelah or valley of Judah which the Philistines captured from King Ahaz of Judah (735-715 B
Naamah - Village in the Shephelah district of Judah (Joshua 15:41 ), likely khirbet Farad about twenty-two miles west of Jerusalem between Timnah and Eltekeh
Achzib -
A town in the Shephelah, or plain country of Judah (Joshua 15:44 ); probably the same as Chezib of Genesis 38:5 = Ain Kezbeh
Gederothaim - A town in the valley or Shephelah of Judah allotted to Judah (Joshua 15:36 )
Avim - part of the Shephelah or lower hills of Judah (possibly having come thither from the southern desert). of the Shephelah
Gederah - The fortress; a fortified place, a town in the plain (Shephelah) of Judah (Joshua 15:36 )
Tappuah (1) - A city of Judah in the Shephelah or low hilly region (Joshua 15:34); on the lower slopes of the hills, 12 miles W
Beth-Dagon - A city of Judah ( Joshua 15:41 ), somewhere in the Shephelah
Kithlish - A town of Judah in the Shephelah or lower hills (Joshua 15:40)
Achzib - of the Shephelah ( Joshua 15:44 ), near Mareshah
Shalisha - " In the Shephelah
Beth Dagon - A town in the plain (Shephelah ) of Judah
Adullam - A city in the Shephelah, assigned to Judah; named between Jarmuth and Socoh ( Joshua 15:35 etc
Moresheth Gath - In the Shephelah or "rolling low hills" of Judah
Enam - A city of the Shephelah or lowland of Judah (Joshua 15:34)
Jarmuth - A town in the Shephelah or low hills (not "the plain ") of Judah (Joshua 15:35)
Keilah - A fortified city in the lowland plain (Shephelah) of the territory of Judah identified with modern khirbet Qila, about eight miles northwest of Hebron and eighteen miles southwest of Jerusalem
Eshtaol - ” Town in lowlands of Shephelah of Judah allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:33 ) but also to the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:41 )
Tappuah - City in the Shephelah district of Judah (Joshua 15:34 ), possibly Beit Nettif about twelve miles west of Bethlehem
Makkedah - Later, Makkedah was assigned to the Shephelah (lowland) district of Judah (Joshua 15:4-1 )
Zanoah - A town in the low hall country (Shephelah ) of Judah (Joshua 15:34; Nehemiah 11:30; repairers of the wall, Nehemiah 3:13)
Naamah - A town in the "low hill country" of Judah (the Shephelah ): Joshua 15:41
Sycamore - , the "low country," the Shephelah, where the climate is mild
Zaanan - Zenan, in the low hill country (Shephelah ) of Judah (Joshua 15:37), meaning "the place of flocks
Vale - Has-Shephelah, wrongly rendered "vale" in A
Valley - Has-Shephelah, wrongly rendered "vale" in A
Jarmuth - It lay in the western “lowlands,” the “foothills” (NIV) or Shephelah (REB) of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:33 ,Joshua 15:33,15:35 )
Mareshah - A city of the Shephelah or "low hills" of Judah (Joshua 15:43)
Valley - Shephelah is the low land, plain, or slope sweeping gently down from mountains ( Deuteronomy 10:1 ; Joshua 9:1 ; Jeremiah 17:26 )
Makkedah - Makkedah was in the Shephelah or "low hilly region" (not "valley" as KJV); Joshua 15:33-41
Sorek - The valley separates the rugged mountains of the 'Arkub from the "low rolling hills" of the Shephelah , beyond which is the Philistine plain
Eshtaol - A town in the Shephelah or low country of Judah (Joshua 15:33; Joshua 19:41), allotted to Daniel On the Philistine border between Azotus and Askelon
Ekron - ) Most northerly of the five Philistine lordship cities, farthest from the sea, to the right of the great road from Egypt northwards to Syria, in the Shephelah (low country)
Plains - Ηa Shephelah , the undulating, rolling, "low hills" between the mountainous part of Judah and the coast plain of the Mediterranean (Deuteronomy 1:7, "the vale"; 2 Chronicles 28:18, "the low country"); Seville in Spain is derived from it
Idumaea - Thus Idumaea at the time of Christ was ‘practically the Southern Shephelah with the Negeb’ (G
Adullam - A city in the Shephelah , or low country between the hill country of Judah and the sea; very ancient (Genesis 38:1; Genesis 38:12; Genesis 38:20); the seat of one of the 31 petty king smitten by Joshua (Joshua 12:15). The limestone cliffs of the Shephelah are pierced with caves, one of which was that of Adullam, David' s resort (1 Samuel 22:1; 2 Samuel 23:13; 1 Chronicles 11:15)
Judah - ... (2) The Shephelah , or rolling lower hills, the hilly lowland between the central mountains and the Mediterranean plain (Joshua 15:33). The Shephelah was hounded by the Negeb on the S. it reached to Lydda, where the plain of Sharon begins, famous for its flowers; the hilly part (Ashedoth) of the Shephelah is on the E. to the Shephelah ; an elevated plateau of a tolerably general level; the southern part of the mountain backbone stretching N. It rises from the Negeb precipitously, between the hilly region on the, western part of the Shephelah and the desert of Judah" extending to the Dead Sea (ver. ... Judah and Simeon followed up the conquest (Judges 1:9; Judges 1:19-20), occupying the mountain and the graingrowing Philistine tract, with Gaza, Askelon, and Ekron, but unable to drive out the Canaanites from the valley (Emek) where their chariots gave the latter the advantage (Judges 1:19), but in Judges 1:9 "valley" is Shephelah , rather the low hilly region between the mountain and the plain
Beth-Horon - An important road here dominates the path to the Shephelah, the plain between the Judean hills and the Mediterranean coast
Yale, Valley - Shephelah, translated 'vale' and 'valley,' but not specified by any proper name
Eglon - An Amorite town (Joshua 15:39), in the Shephelah (low country) of Judah
Hill - הָהָד was ‘the mountain’—the central range as distinguished from the plain and the Shephelah on the west, and the ‘Arabah on the east
Lachish - Impregnable, a royal Canaanitish city in the Shephelah, or maritime plain of Palestine (Joshua 10:3,5 ; 12:11 )
Vale - Ηa-Shephelah , wrongly translated "valley," a broad tract of low hills between the mountains of Judah and the coast plain (Deuteronomy 1:7; Joshua 10:40)
Keilah - ) In the Shephelah or lower hills of Judah (Joshua 15:44), hence the phrase "go down to Keilah
Gezer - ” Major Canaanite city nineteen miles northwest of Jerusalem at tell Gezer on the edge of the foothills of Judah near the Shephelah, seven miles southeast of Ramleh
Timnah - Near the western extremity, further than Bethshemesh, toward Ekron; in the Shephelah or low hills between the mountains and the plain (2 Chronicles 28:18)
Lachish - ” An important Old Testament city located in the Shephelah (“lowlands”) southwest of Jerusalem
Judah, Tribe of - Shephelah), a broad strip lying between the central highlands and the Mediterranean
Lachish - Assigned to Judah, in the Shephelah or "low hilly country" (Joshua 15:33; Joshua 15:39)
Goshen - country (the Negeb) and the Shephelah (the low hills between the mountain and plain, not as KJV "the valley ") of Judah
Libnah - A city in the Shephelah or low hills S
Beth-Shemesh - Beth-shemesh guarded the lush farmlands of the Sorek Valley at the point at which the Shephelah (foothills) borders the Judean hill country
Judaea - the ‘Plain of the Coast,’ the ‘Shephelah’ or region of the low hills, the ‘Hill country,’ the ‘Negeb’ or dry country, and the ‘Wilderness. ... The ‘Shephelah’ belongs to the plain rather than to the central ridge of the mountains, from which it is distinctly separated by a series of almost continuous breaks or depressions. ’ There are several noted valleys, which begin their courses as wadis in the central range, and cut their way through the Shephelah to the plain
Judaea - the ‘Plain of the Coast,’ the ‘Shephelah’ or region of the low hills, the ‘Hill country,’ the ‘Negeb’ or dry country, and the ‘Wilderness. ... The ‘Shephelah’ belongs to the plain rather than to the central ridge of the mountains, from which it is distinctly separated by a series of almost continuous breaks or depressions. ’ There are several noted valleys, which begin their courses as wadis in the central range, and cut their way through the Shephelah to the plain
Gath - It was located in the Shephelah, that is, the band of foothills which lay between the coastal plain on the west and the central hill country on the east
Palestine - ... The western foothills of Judea are called the “Shephelah,” meaning “valley” or “lowland. ” The name has been inaccurately applied to the Plain of Philistia, but the towns assigned by the Old Testament to the Shephelah are all situated in the low hills rather than the plain. The Shephelah is a belt of gently rolling hills between 500,1,000 feet in height. ... The Shephelah had great military importance
Dan (1) - , 14 miles long, part of the Shephelah (or vale sweeping along the whole coast, the N
Canaan, Land of - In the west, south of Aijalon, 31 51' N, is a district called the Shephelah
Canaan - The lowland especially was the country of the Canaanites; the plains between the Mediterranean on one side, and the hills of Benjamin, Judah, and Ephraim on the other; the Shephelah , or low hills of Philistia, on the S. ... THE VALLEY, or LOW HILLS (Shephelah ), is the fertile region between the HIGHER HILLS and the coast, from Carmel to Gaza; including Philistia on the S. Part of the Shephelah was called Goshen, from its resembling in fertility the old Goshen at the mouth of the Nile (Joshua 10:41; Joshua 11:16); it perhaps contained Beersheba
Transportation And Travel - Along the coastal plain, sandy dunes required a detour further inland into the foothills of the Shephelah plateau. These beasts were probably used only on the major routes such as the Via Maris, along the coast, or on the smoother valley roads of the Shephelah and the Negev
Ahaz - , the cities of the low hill country (Shephelah ), Bethshemesh, Ajalon, Gederoth, Shocho, Timnah, Gimzo
Judah, Tribe And Kingdom - ... The land occupied by Judah rose west of the Dead Sea into a high central mountain area (Joshua 15:48; Luke 1:39), and then fell away through low hill country known as the Shephelah to the Philistine plain on the Mediterranean coast (Joshua 10:40-41; Joshua 15:20-21; Joshua 15:33; Joshua 15:47)
Palestine - Attached to the plain is the Shephelah or "region of lower hills" intermediate between the plain and the mountains of Judah. Sharon is ten miles wide from the sea to the mountain base; there are no intermediate hills, as the Shephelah in Philistia. The lower hills and southern part of the seacoast plain is the "Shephelah "; the northern part Sharon; the Jordan valley Ηa-Αrabah ; the "ravines", "torrent beds", and "small valleys" ('eemeq , nachal , gay ) of the highlands are never confounded
Economic Life - A desolate wilderness region lies near the Dead Sea, while well-watered farm lands are found in the Shephelah plateau (between the coastal plain and the hill country) and in the Galilee area of northern Palestine. Yearly amounts of rainfall, which may all come in torrents within a few days, average 40 inches a year in the north and in the western areas of the hill country and Shephelah
Philistia - It suited war chariots, while the low hills of the Shephelah afforded sites for fortresses
Mines And Mining - ... The Bible speaks of the Philistines as controlling the ironworking skills in Palestine (1 Samuel 13:19-22 ), an ability that prevented Israelite domination over the Philistine settlements in the Coastal Plain and Shephelah
Wilderness (2) - ... One of the most important deserts is the Wilderness of Judah, twenty hours in length and five in breadth, which constitutes, with the Mountain (Har), the South (Negeb), and the Low-Country (Shephelah), the four parts of the territory of that tribe
Samaria, Samaritans - As these have been identified with the modern villages of ‘Akrabe and Berûkîn, we conclude that this boundary ran westward to the Shephelah along Wady Ish‘âr. The eastern boundary was, of course, the Jordan, while the hill slopes towards the Shephelah constituted the western—the plain between Caphar Outheni and Antipatris being regarded as a heathen district (Bab