ZEBOIIM, ZEBOIM (zē-boi'ĭm, zēbō'ĭm, Heb. tsevō‘îm, gazelles, hyena)

One of the five cities in the Valley of Siddim that God destroyed with Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.10.19; Gen.14.2, Gen.14.8; Deut.29.23; Hos.11.8).A ravine in Benjamin not far from Micmash (1Sam.13.18; Neh.11.34).

Presumably Zeboiim was destroyed with Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:24-29). Moses later referred to the destruction of Zeboiim and its neighbors (Deut 29:23). Hosea used Zeboiim as an example of judgment on evil cities (Hos 11:8).

Its exact location is unknown, but presumably it lay at the southern end of the Dead Sea in the area now covered by water.


J. P. Harland, “Sodom & Gomorrah,” BA IV (1942), 17-32; III (1942), 41-54.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

See Vale of Siddim.