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published: 3/31/13

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Bezek in the Bible

Bezek in the Old Testament

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(1) Bezek was the city of Adoni-bezek taken by Judah and Simeon (Jdg 1:4 f), in the territory allotted to Judah. It is somewhat doubtfully identified with Bezqah, about 3 miles Northeast of Gezer.

(2) Bezek was also the place where Saul marshaled his army before marching to the relief of Jabesh-gilead (1 Sam 11:8). Eusebius, Onomasticon speaks of two villages of this name 17 Roman miles from Shechem, on the way to Scythopolis. No doubt Heb: Khirbet Ibziq is intended. Here, or on the neighboring height, Heb: Ras Ibziq, a mountain 2,404 ft. above sea level, the army probably assembled.



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