LASHA (lā’sha, Heb. lāsha‘). A place near Sodom and Gomorrah mentioned in Gen.10.19 to mark off the Canaanite territory. The historian Jerome, following Jewish sources, equates it with Callirrhoe, famous for its warm springs. The exact place has not yet been identified.
LASHA lā’ shə
). A place marking one of the boundary points of the land of the Canaanites (Gen 10:19
). Its location is unknown, although a number of identifications have been suggested, among them Callirrhoe, a ravine E of the Dead Sea, to which Herod the Great went for his health during his last illness.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
A place named on the southern boundary of the Canaanites along with Gomorrah, Adnah and Zeboiim (Ge 10:19). Eusebius, Onomasticon identifies it with the hot springs at Callirrhoe in Wady Zerqa Ma`in, on the East of the Dead Sea; in this agreeing with Targum Jerusalem. This position, however, seems too far to the North, and possibly the site should be sought on the West of the Arabah. The absence of the article (compare Jos 15:2) prevents identification with the promontory el-Lisan, which runs into the sea from the eastern shore. Wellhausen (Comp. des Hexateuch., 15) thinks we should read lesham, since the Hebrew letters, "m" (mem) and " ` " (`ayin), are like each other in their Palmyrene form. We should then have indicated the boundary from Gaza to the Dead Sea, and then from the Dead Sea to Leshem, i.e. Dan. This is very precarious. No identification is possible.