Taffuh (Arabic: تفّوح) (lit. fragrance) is a Palestinian town located eight kilometers west of Hebron.The town is in the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of over 10,597 in 2007.
Taffuh is the suggested location for the town mentioned in 2 Kings 15:16. Masoretic text names this town, attacked by Menahem, as 'Tiphsah', and the Septuagint names it as 'Tappuah', which many commentators prefer.
The city of Beth-tappuah, literally House of Apple [tree], cited in the Book of Joshua (15: 53), is often located in the hill country of the Tribe of Judah, 5 km west northwest of Hebron. Archaeological finds in the vicinity of the hill site include remains of an ancient road, a well to the west, cisterns, and rock-cuttings. Although identified now with the modern Arab village established not far from the cite in the modern times, this is disputed.
In 1945 the population of Taffuh was 780, all Arabs, who owned 12,103 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey. 1,073 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 3,543 for cereals, while 31 dunams were built-up (urban) land.
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- SWP map 21
- Welcome To Taffuh
- Taffuh Town (Fact Sheet)
- Taffuh Town Profile
- Taffuh Areal Photo
- The priorities and needs for development in Taffuh town based on the community and local authorities’ assessment
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