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Birzaith

BIRZAITH (bĭr-zā'ĭth). Either a son of Malkiel of the tribe of Asher (1Chr.7.31) or a village whose people were descendants of Malkiel.


BIRZAITH, BIRZAVITH bĭr zā’ əth, bĭr zā’ vĭth (בִרְזָֽיִת, qere; בִרְזוֹת, kethibh; meaning perhaps well of olives or olive oil; KJV BIRZAVITH). Son of Malchiel and great-grandson of Asher (1 Chron 7:31). Modern Bir-Zeit, about thirteen m. N of Jerusalem, may have been named from him or populated by his offspring; or, possibly Birzaith was not a person, but a town founded by Malchiel. According to some this is to be identified with Berzetho, the village where Judas Maccabeus pitched his last camp (Jos. Antiq. XII. xi. 1).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

bur-za’-ith, bur-za’-vith the King James Version Birzavith, (birzawith or birzayith; Bezaith, or Berzaie): The name of a town in Asher founded by Malchiel (1Ch 7:31). It probably corresponds to the modern Bir ez-Zait, "well of olive oil," near Tyre.

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