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ZAPHON (‘north’). A city E. of Jordan, assigned to Gad ( Joshua 13:27 ). It is named also in Judges 12:1 , where Zaphônah should be rendered ‘to Zaphon’ (RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] ) instead of ‘northward’ (AV [Note: Authorized Version.] and RV [Note: Revised Version.] ). Possibly the Talmudic tradition is correct which identifies Zaphon with Amathus, the modero ‘Amâteh , a little north of the Jabbok, at the mouth of Wâdy er-Rugeib . Zaphon is probably connected with Ziphion ( Genesis 46:16 ), or (more correctly) ZÄ•phon . with gentilic name Zephonites ( Numbers 26:13 ), described as a ‘son’ of Gad.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Zaphon'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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