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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.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Beth-Zur'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/b/beth-zur.html. 1991.