SEPPHORIS sĕf ōr ĭs (Σεπφουρίν, and Σεπφωρια; prob. from Sem. original; perhaps ṩufūĩa, little bird) A strongly fortified city c. five m. NW of Nazareth. It was famous as a military, political, and cultural center and as one of the chief cities of Hel. Galilee. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) sef’-o-ris: A city of Galilee, taken by Josephus (Vita, IX, lxvii, 71) and later destroyed by the son of Varus (Ant., XVII, x, 9).