ASPHAR ăs’ fär (̓Ασφάρ). A pool in the wilderness of Tekoa where Jonathan and encamped after fleeing from Bacchides (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
as’-far, (lakkos Asphar): When Jonathan and Simon fled from Bacchides they encamped by this pool in the wilderness of Tekoa (1 Macc 9:33; Ant, XIII, i, 2). It is probably identical with Ez-Za`feraneh, a ruined site with an ancient cistern, to the South of Tekoa, and East of Chalchul. Bir Selhub about 6 miles Southwest of `Ain Jidy is favored by some (EB, under the word), the hills around it being known as Cafra, in which there may be a survival of the old name.