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Ziph, Ziphites

ZIPH, ZIPHITES zĭf, zĭf’ īt (זִ֣יף, זִיפִי, KJV once ZIPHIMS, Ps 54 superscription). 1. A man (or tribe) of Judah (1 Chron 4:16), son of Jehaleleel.

2. A town in the Negeb (q.v.) area of Judah (Josh 15:24; 1 Chron 2:42; 4:16) where Ziph is a clan or family affiliated with Caleb. No doubt the family gave its name to the town. Probably modern Khirbet ez-Zeifeh SW of Kurnub near the old Edomite border.

Bibliography F. M. Abel, Géographie de la Palestine (1938), 490.

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