Zorah (Zor´uh)

A town (modern Sar´ah) located in the Valley of Sorek three miles northeast of Beth-shemesh and fifteen miles west of Jerusalem. The Danites were the first tribe to settle in the Zorah area (Josh 15:33; Josh 19:31); Manoah, the father of Samson, came from Zorah, and Samson was raised there (Judg 13:2; Judg 13:25). After the Danites migrated north, Zorah became Judahite, and King Rehoboam fortified Zorah and the surrounding towns. Upon return from Babylonian exile Jews settled again in Zorah.

Josh 15:33

33And in the Lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

Josh 19:31

31This is the inheritance of the tribe of Asher according to its families—these towns with their villages.

Judg 13:2

2There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne no children.

Judg 13:25

25The spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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