Zeboim (Hebrew Bible)

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "Zeboim". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons. 

Zeboim is the name in English of two or three places in the Bible:

  1. Zeboim, Zeboiim or Tzvoyim (Hebrew: צְבֹויִים, Modern Tsvoyim Tiberian Ṣəḇôyîm ; "Deer (plural); goats; gazelles; roes") was one of the "five cities of the plain" of Sodom, generally coupled with Admah (Gen. 10:19; 14:2; Deut.29:23; Hos. 11:8). It had a king of its own ("Shemeber", שמאבר, Gen. 14:2), and was therefore a place of some importance. It was destroyed along with the other cities of the plain, according to Deuteronomy 29:23.
  2. Ge ha-Tsvo`im (גי הצבעים, "valley of the hyenas"), a valley or rugged glen somewhere near Gibeah in Benjamin (1 Sam. 13:18). It was probably the place now bearing the name Wadi Shaykh ad-Dub'a "Ravine of the Chief of the Hyenas" north of Jericho.
  3. Tsvo`im (צגעים, "hyenas"), a place mentioned only in Nehemiah 11:34, inhabited by the Benjamites after the Babylonian captivity.