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Holman Bible Dictionary
(zay' pahn) Place name meaning, “north.” 1. City east of the Jordan River in Gad's territory (Joshua 13:27
). It was probably a center of worship of the god Baal-zaphon in the days of Canaanite supremacy before the Gadites took over. It is identified with tell el-Qos, tell es-Saidiye, or tell el-Mazar. Shophan (Numbers 32:35
) may be another spelling of the same city. 2. Mountain viewed as home of the gods in Canaanite thought, perhaps referred to in Psalm 48:2
(NIV), Isaiah 14:13
(NRSV), and Job 26:7
(NRSV), showing Yahweh controls what Canaan thought their gods possessed.
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 'Zaphon'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/z/zaphon.html. 1991.