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(zar' ih than) Place name perhaps meaning, “cooling.” The River Jordan backed up and Israel passed over into Canaan on dry ground near there (Joshua 3:16 ). It was near Beth-shean (1 Kings 4:12 ). Hiram of Tyre cast bronze Temple vessels near there (1 Kings 7:46; the parallel in 2 Chronicles 4:17 reads Zeredah). Zarethan is most often identified with the two mounds of tell es-Saidiyah on the east bank of the Jordan about fourteen miles north of Adam (tell ed-Damiyeh). Archaeologists have uncovered numerous bronze artifacts from the vicinity of Succoth and Zarethan, confirming activity like that attributed to Hiram. Alternate sites include tell Umm Hamad, Sleihat, and tell el-Merkbere.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Zarethan'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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