Places Study on Socoh

Places Study on Socoh

Joshua 15: Jarmuth, and Adullam, Socoh, and Azekah,
Joshua 15: And in the mountains, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh,

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Soco, Socoh
SOCO, SOCOH (RV [Note: Revised Version.] has Socoh everywhere, except in 1 Chronicles 4:18 and 2 Chronicles 28:18 , where it has Soco ). 1 . A fortified town in the Shephçlah of Judah, mentioned in Joshua 15:35 along with Adullam and Azekah; the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 17:1 ) ‘pitched between Socoh and Azekah’: Ben-hesed, one of Solomon’s twelve officers, had charge of it ( 1 Kings 4:10 ); it was re-fortified by Rehoboam ( 2 Chronicles 11:7 ); during the reign of Ahaz it was taken, along with other prominent fortress cities of the Shephçlah, by the Philistines. Its site was known to Eusebius and Jerome. It is now Khurbet Shuweikeh (dim. of Arab. [Note: Arabic.] Shaukeh ), a ruin on a remarkable isolated hill in the Wady es-Sunt (Vale of Elah) near where it turns west. The hill is surrounded on three sides by deep valleys, while on the remaining, the E. end, a narrow, low neck, easily defended, connects it with the higher ground. Although there are few remains on the surface, the ancient city wall may be traced round most of the circumference: there is a plentiful spring to the S.W. Such a defensible site, lying close to main roads from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, etc., to the great Philistine plain, must always have been of first-class importance. The Suchathites of 1 Chronicles 2:55 are perhaps inhabitants of Socoh.

2 . Another Socoh (apparently) is mentioned in Joshua 15:48 , along with Jattir and Debir. The site of this may be esh-Shuweikeh , 10 miles S.W. of Hebron. 3 . Soco in 1 Chronicles 4:18 is probably one or other of these two towns.

E. W. G. Masterman.

Holman Bible Dictionary - Socoh, Soco, Shocho
(ssoh' coh) Place name meaning, “thorns.” 1. Town in southern Judah hill country used as a fortification against people approaching from the south (Joshua 15:35 ). It is modern Khirbet Abbad. Philistines gathered to battle Saul there (1 Samuel 17:1 ). Rehoboam fortified it (2 Chronicles 11:7 ). 2 . A town in the southern hill country of Judah about ten miles southwest of Hebron (Joshua 15:48 ) at khirbet Shuweikeh. 3. A town belonging to Ben-hesed (1 Kings 4:10 NRSV), one of the twelve officials who provided food for Solomon and his household. It is as-Shuweikeh west of Nablus and two miles north of Tulkarm. 4. A native of Judah, the son of Heber ( 1 Chronicles 4:18 ). Some interpreters feel that this is a place name rather than personal name. May be the same as 2.



Morrish Bible Dictionary - Sochoh, Socoh, Shocho, Shochoh, Shoco
City in the shephelah, or plain of Judah. Joshua 15:35 ; 1 Samuel 17:1 ; 1 Kings 4:10 ; 2 Chronicles 11:7 ; 2 Chronicles 28:18 . Identified with ruins at Shuweikeh, 31 41' N, 34 58' E .

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Socoh
Cityin the hill country of Judah. Joshua 15:48 . Identified with ruins at Shuweikeh, 31 25' N, 35 E

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Socoh or Shochoh
1 1 Kings 4:10 , a town in the plain of Judah, near Azekah, famous for a battle of David and Saul with the Philistines, 1 Samuel 17:1 ; against whom Rehoboam fortified it, and by whom it was afterwards taken, 2 Chronicles 11:7 28:18 .

2. A town in the mountains of Judah, south by west of Hebron, Joshua 15:48 . Dr. Robinson found traces of both these sites, under the name of Suweikeh, or Shaukeh.

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Socoh
Tents; tabernacles

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so'Choh, - another form of the name which is more correctly given in the Authorized version as Socoh. The present one occurs in (1 Kings 4:10 ) and is therefore probably, though not certainly, Socoh, 1
Sho'Choh, - (1 Samuel 17:1 ) same as Socoh
Sho'Cho, - (2 Chronicles 28:18 ) one of the four varieties of the name Socoh
Sho'co, - (2 Chronicles 11:7 ) a variation in the Authorized Version of the name Socoh
Shocho - See Socoh
Adlai - Near Socoh; a hill side burrowed with caves (1 Chronicles 27:29); now Aid el Mieh (Ganneau)
so'Cho - ( 1 Chronicles 4:18 ) Probably one of the towns called Socoh, in Judah, though which of the two cannot be ascertained
Dannah - A town of Judah mentioned next to Debir and Socoh
Soco, Socoh - SOCO, Socoh (RV [Note: Revised Version. ] has Socoh everywhere, except in 1 Chronicles 4:18 and 2 Chronicles 28:18 , where it has Soco ). A fortified town in the Shephçlah of Judah, mentioned in Joshua 15:35 along with Adullam and Azekah; the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 17:1 ) ‘pitched between Socoh and Azekah’: Ben-hesed, one of Solomon’s twelve officers, had charge of it ( 1 Kings 4:10 ); it was re-fortified by Rehoboam ( 2 Chronicles 11:7 ); during the reign of Ahaz it was taken, along with other prominent fortress cities of the Shephçlah, by the Philistines. The Suchathites of 1 Chronicles 2:55 are perhaps inhabitants of Socoh. Another Socoh (apparently) is mentioned in Joshua 15:48 , along with Jattir and Debir
Socho - A fence; hedge, (1 Chronicles 4:18 ; RSV, Soco)=So'choh (1 Kings 4:10 ; RSV, Socoh), Sho'choh (1 Samuel 17:1 ; RSV, Socoh), Sho'co (2 Chronicles 11:7 ; RSV, Soco), Sho'cho (2 Chronicles 28:18 ; RSV, Soco), a city in the plain or lowland of Judah, where the Philistines encamped when they invaded Judah after their defeat at Michmash
Sharaim - Two gates (Joshua 15:36 ), more correctly Shaaraim (1 Samuel 17:52 ), probably Tell Zakariya and Kefr Zakariya, in the valley of Elah, 3 1/2 miles north-west of Socoh
e'Lah, the Valley of - ( 1 Samuel 17:2,19 ) It lay somewhere near Socoh of Judah and Azekah, and was nearer Ekron than any other Philistine town
Pasdammin - The site is probably between Socoh and Azekah, the same as Ephes-dammin (1 Samuel 17:1 )
Gederah - Near the "valley of the terebinth", near Azekah and Socoh
e'Phes-Dam'Mim - (cessation of blood-shed ), a place between Socoh and Arekah, at which the Philistines were encamped before the affray in which Goliath was killed
Hepher - of Jordan; so Solomon's commissariat district (1 Kings 4:10), named with Socoh
Hepher - The land of Hepher is mentioned in 1 Kings 4:10 along with Socoh
Adullam - A city in the Shephelah, assigned to Judah; named between Jarmuth and Socoh ( Joshua 15:35 etc
Eshtemoa - It is identified with es-Semu'a, a village about 3 1/2 miles east of Socoh, and 7 or 8 miles south of Hebron, around which there are ancient remains of the ruined city
Ephesdammim - Here crowning the left bank was Socoh. The site of Saul's battle with the Philistines and Goliath was at the bend of the valley, where the Jerusalem road down which probably Saul came crosses the valley, at Ephesdammim, between Socoh (Shuweikeh) and Azekah (El-Azek)
so'Coh, - (Joshua 15:48 ) It has been discovered about 10 miles southwest of Hebron; bearing, like the other Socoh, the name of esh-Shuweikeh
Elah - The valley runs east and west just north of Socoh
Socho - Socoh in Joshua 15:35
Adullam - of Tell es Safyeh (Gath), and half way between Socoh and Keilah: 500 feet above wady Sumt (valley of Elah); barring the Philistines' progress up this valley to Judah's grain lands. It is connected by roads with adjoining places, Maresha (El Marash), Jarmuth (Yarmuk), and Socoh (Suweikeh), and has a system of caves close to its wells still inhabited, or used as stables, and large enough for all David's band
Saul - The Philistines again assemble, this time at Socoh; Goliath issues his challenge, but no one responds