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Shibboleth (shĭb'bo-lĕth), stream. A word which the Gileadites required the fugitive Ephraimites to speak, in order to detect by their pronunciation whether or no they were really of that tribe. Judges 12:4-6. The variations of dialect in the spoken language of Palestine made it difficult for the Ephraimites to speak it.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Shibboleth'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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