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The Stone of Zoheleth
zo’-he-leth, (’ebhen ha-zacheleth, "serpent’s stone"): "And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel" (
(1) It is by no means certain that the modern Arabic name--which is used for similar rocky spots in other places--is really derived from the Hebrew;
(2) the name is now applied to quite different objects, in the Hebrew to a stone, in the Arabic to a rocky outcrop;
(3) the name is not confined to this outcrop near the Virgin’s Fount alone, but applies, according to at least some of the fellahin of Siloam, to the ridge along the whole village site; and
(4) even if all the above were disproved, names are so frequently transferred from one locality to another in Palestine that no argument can be based on a name alone.