Taffuh

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Taffuh
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic تفّوح
Taffuh is located in the Palestinian territories
Taffuh
Taffuh
Location of Taffuh within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°32′21.08″N 35°3′11.1″E / 31.5391889°N 35.053083°E / 31.5391889; 35.053083Coordinates: 31°32′21.08″N 35°3′11.1″E / 31.5391889°N 35.053083°E / 31.5391889; 35.053083
Governorate Hebron
Government
 • Type Municipality
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 10,597

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.[1]

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[2] Archaeological finds in the vicinity of the hill site include remains of an ancient road, a well to the west, cisterns, and rock-cuttings.[3] Although identified now with the modern Arab village established not far from the cite in the modern times, this is disputed.[4]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Taffuh had a population of 461, all Muslims.[5]

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.[6] 1,073 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 3,543 for cereals,[7] while 31 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[8]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 PCBS Census Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.119.
  2. ^ Woudstra, Marten H., The book of Joshua, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, 1981, p.251
  3. ^ Bagatti, Bellarmino, Ancient Christian villages of Judaea and the Negev, Franciscan Printing Press, 2002, p.59
  4. ^ Wilkinson, John, Hill, Joyce, Ryan, William Francis, Jerusalem pilgrimage, 1099-1185, Hakluyt Society, 1988, p.58, note 13
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table V, Sub-district of Hebron, p. 10
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 50
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 94
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 143

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