Iphtah El

IPHTAH EL (ĭf'ta-ĕl, Heb. yiphtah’ēl). The Valley of Iphtah El lay on the northern border of Zebulun (Josh.19.14, Josh.19.27). It is probably to be identified with the modern Tell Jefat, nine miles (fifteen km.) NW of Nazareth.


IPHTAH-EL ĭf’ tə ĕl’ (יִפְתַּח־אֵֽל, El opens). KJV JIPHTHAH-EL, jĭf’ thä ĕl’. A valley on the N border of Zebulun (Josh 19:14, 27), exact site unknown.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

The valley of Iphtah-el lay on the North border of Zebulun (Jos 19:14,27). Northwest of the plain of el-Battauf stands a steep hill, connected only by a low saddle with the hills on the North. The name Tell Jefat suggests the Jotapata of Josephus (BJ, III, vi, i; vii, i, etc.), and the place answers well to his description. It probably corresponds to the ancient Iphtah-el. In that case the valley is most probably that which begins at Tell Jefat, passes round the South of Jebel Kaukab, and, as Wady ’Abellin, opens on the plain of Acre.