And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh,
And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was
Manoah; and his wife was
barren, and bare not.
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him
up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say
And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.
2 Chronicles 11:
And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are
in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Place of wasps, a town in the low country of Judah, afterwards given to Dan (Joshua 19:41 ; Judges 18:2 ), probably the same as Zoreah (Joshua 15:33 ). This was Samson's birthplace (Judges 13:2,25 ), and near it he found a grave (16:31). It was situated on the crest of a hill overlooking the valley of Sorek, and was fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:10 ). It has been identified with Sur'ah, in the Wady Surar, 8 miles west of Jerusalem. It is noticed on monuments in the fifteenth century B.C. as attacked by the Abiri or Hebrews.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
ZORAH . A town allotted to Judah, according to Joshua 15:33 ; but elsewhere spoken of as Danite ( Joshua 19:41 , Judges 18:2-3 ; Judges 18:11 ); specially noted as the home of Samson ( Judges 13:2 ; Judges 13:25 ), who was buried between Zorah and Eshtaol ( Judges 16:21 ). It was fortified by Rehoboam ( 2 Chronicles 11:10 ), and is mentioned in Nehemiah 11:29 as peopled by Judahites after the Captivity. The gentilic name Zorathites occurs in 1 Chronicles 2:52 ; 1 Chronicles 4:2 and prob. 1 Chronicles 2:54 (where read Zorathites for Zorites ). Zorah is the modern Sur‘ah on the northern side of WÃ¢dy es-Surar (the Valley of Sorek ) opposite ‘Ain Shems (Beth-shemesh), which lies on the southern side.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1 Chronicles 4:2). Now Sur'ah: ten Roman miles from Eleutheropolis toward Nicopolis. Originally of Judahshephelah Judges 13:25) and Samson's birthplace was between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Judges 11-12) between Zorah and Eshtaol; ; Judges 16:4; Isaiah 5:2;
Holman Bible Dictionary
(zoh' ruh) Place name meaning, “wasps” or “hornets.” City of Dan (Joshua 19:41 ) about thirteen miles west of Jerusalem on the border with Judah (Joshua 15:33 ; “Zoreah,” KJV). It was the home of Manoah, Samson's father (Judges 13:2 ). Rehoboam, king of Judah, strengthened Zorah in case of war (2 Chronicles 11:5-12 ). It is modern Sarah.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Leprosy; scab; hornet
People's Dictionary of the Bible
Zorah (zô'rah), and Zoreah (zô're-ah), hornet's town, and Zareah (zâ're-ah), Nehemiah 11:29, a town in the low country of Judah—afterward assigned to Dan, Joshua 15:33; Joshua 19:41; the birthplace and burialplace of Samson. Judges 13:2; Judges 13:25; Judges 16:31. From Zorah the Danites sent spies to search the land for a place of inheritance. Judges 18:2. Zorah was fortified by Rehoboam, 2 Chronicles 11:10, and inhabited after the return from captivity. Nehemiah 11:29. The place still exists as Surah, 13 miles west of Jerusalem.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
A city of Danites within the limits of Judah, 2 Chronicles 11:12 , called also Zoreah, Joshua 15:33 19:40 . Samson was a Zorite, or Zorathite, Judges 13:2,25 1 Chronicles 2:54 4:2 . It is now recognized in a secluded mountain village called Surah, on the edge of the hills north of Bethshemesh.
The road followed by Samson in going to Timnath leads down through rocky gorges, very likely to be haunted by wild beasts. It was here that he slew the lion, without the help of any weapon, Judges 14:5-7 .
- (zoh' ritess) People from Zorah
(1 Chronicles 2:54 ). See Zorah
- (zoh' ra thitess) Descendants of Shobal who lived in Zorah
(1 Chronicles 2:52-53 ). See Zorah
- Originally of Judahshephelah Judges 13:25) and Samson's birthplace was between Zorah
and Eshtaol. ...
Judges 11-12) between Zorah
and Eshtaol; ; Judges 16:4; Isaiah 5:2; ...
- (zoh' ree uh) KJV alternate spelling of Zorah
(zô'rah), and Zoreah (zô're-ah), hornet's town, and Zareah (zâ're-ah), Nehemiah 11:29, a town in the low country of Judah—afterward assigned to Dan, Joshua 15:33; Joshua 19:41; the birthplace and burialplace of Samson. From Zorah
the Danites sent spies to search the land for a place of inheritance. Zorah
was fortified by Rehoboam, 2 Chronicles 11:10, and inhabited after the return from captivity
- (zay' rih uh) KJV form of Zorah
(Nehemiah 11:29 )
- the people of Zorah
, mentioned in (1 Chronicles 4:2 ) as descended from Shobal
. A town allotted to Judah, according to Joshua 15:33 ; but elsewhere spoken of as Danite ( Joshua 19:41 , Judges 18:2-3 ; Judges 18:11 ); specially noted as the home of Samson ( Judges 13:2 ; Judges 13:25 ), who was buried between Zorah
and Eshtaol ( Judges 16:21 ). Zorah
is the modern Sur‘ah on the northern side of WÃ¢dy es-Surar (the Valley of Sorek ) opposite ‘Ain Shems (Beth-shemesh), which lies on the southern side
- Nehemiah 11:29, the Hebrew form which KJV elsewhere inaccurately renders Zorah
or ZOREAH; (1 Chronicles 2:53), ZAREATHITES
- (rest ), the father of Samson; a Danite, native of the town of Zorah
Sorek, Valley of
- Eusebius and Jerome connect the valley with Capharsorec , a village to the north of Eleutheropolis and near Saraa, that is, Zorah
, the home of Samson’s father. See also Zorah
- colonies from it, founders of Zorah
- (camp of Dan ), spoken of as "behind Kirjath-jearim," ( Judges 18:12 ) and as between Zorah
- the father of Samson, was of the tribe of Dan, and a native of the city of Zorah
, Judges 13:6-23
- The locality of this spot is given in these two passages as ‘behind Kiriath-jearim,’ and as ‘between Zorah
and Eshtaol. ’ In the former passage we are told that ‘the Spirit of Jehovah began to move Samson in the camp of Dan between Zorah
and Eshtaol’; in the latter passage the derivation of the name is given as the place where the last encampment of the band of 600 Danite warriors took place, before they set out on their expedition to Laish
- Between the Danite towns Zorah
and Eshtaol and behind Kirjath Jearim was Mahaneh-Dan, the standing camp of the little host exposed to constant warfare with the Philistines; a neighborhood well calculated to train Samson for his after encounters with that race. ...
As Kirjath Jearim is now Kuriet-el-Enab, and Zorah
is Suz'ah, seven miles S. This fulfills the requisite condition that Kirjath Jearim should lie between Eshtaol and Zorah
A town in the low country or shephelah of Judah, near Zorah
(Joshua 15:34 )
- Rehoboam, king of Judah, strengthened Zorah
in case of war (2 Chronicles 11:5-12 )
- This place has by some been identified with Jedireh, a ruin 9 miles from Lydda, toward Eleutheropolis, and 4 miles north of Sur'ah (Zorah
), in the valley of Elah
- , west of) Kirjath-jearim, where the six hundred Danites from Zorah
and Eshtaol encamped on their way to capture the city of Laish, which they rebuilt and called "Dan, after the name of their father" (18:11-31)
- A native of Zorah
, in the tribe of Dan, and the father of Samson, Judges 13:14 ; 16:31
- It is identified with the modern Yeshua, on a hill 2 miles east of Zorah
- Manaoh is buried between Zorah
- a site between Zorah
and Eshtaol where the Lord's Spirit first stirred Samson (Judges 13:25 )
- A valley in which Delilah resided, not far from Zorah
, and Eshtaol, Judges 16:4
- Between Zorah
and Eshtaol, the scene of Samson's first movements by the Spirit of God, while residing with his parents (Judges 13:25; Judges 16:31)
- He was brought up in a place called the camp of Dan, between Zorah
and Estaol, Judges 13:25
- Danite of Zorah
and father of Samson
- It has been identified with Beit 'Atab, west of Bethlehem, near Zorah
- A Danite of Zorah
, father of Samson (Judges 13). Manoah probably died before his son; since not Manoah but Samson's brothers brought Samson's body to the tomb between Zorah
- , therefore thinly peopled; higher than Askelon, lower than Zorah
(Judges 13:25). of Zorah
, and two miles W
- The father of Samson, of the town of Zorah
, and of the family of the Danites ( Judges 13:1-23 ; Judges 14:2-3 ; Judges 14:5-6 ; Judges 14:9-10 ; Judges 16:31 )
- The powerful Philistines near them drove them partly toward the mountainous region bordering on Judah, so as to encroach on Judah's towns, Zorah
and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh or Beth-shemesh; compare Joshua 15:33 with Joshua 19:41. ...
Hence, Samson resides at Mahaneh-Dan (the camp of Dan) in the hills, between Zorah
and Eshtaol, behind Kirjath Jearim, and thence "comes down" to the vineyards of Timnath and the valley of Sorek. to a distance from their original allotment, namely, to Leshem or Laish, (which 600 of their warriors armed went forth from Zorah
and Eshtaol to seize on, in the far N
- Of the sun, the son of Manoah, born at Zorah
- The similarity of ‘arim ( Ezra 2:25 ) and ‘erma , and the nearness of the site to Zorah
and Eshtaol, are in its favour
- Some were forced into the hills near Zorah
and Eshtaol (as was Samson's family, Judges 13:1-2 )
- (like the sun ), son of Manoah, a man of the town of Zorah
in the tribe of Dan, on the border of Judah
- Six hundred Danites of Zorah
and Eshtaol, led by the spies' report, marched to Dan or Laish
- We learn from Judges 15:1-20 that they possessed the town of Zorah
, where Samson was afterwards born