Zif, Hebron

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 • Arabic زيف
Zif is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of Zif within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°28′47.38″N 35°07′19.17″E / 31.4798278°N 35.1219917°E / 31.4798278; 35.1219917Coordinates: 31°28′47.38″N 35°07′19.17″E / 31.4798278°N 35.1219917°E / 31.4798278; 35.1219917
Governorate Hebron
 • Type Village Council
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 848

Zif (Arabic: زيف‎) is a Palestinian village located 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) south of Hebron. The village is in the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Zif had a population of 848 in 2007.[1] The primary health care facilities in the village itself are designated by the Ministry of Health as level 1 and at nearby Yatta as level 3.[2]

Biblical scholar Edward Robinson identified the modern town of Zif and its adjacent Tell Zif with the Ziph described in the Bible as being a city in the Judean Mountains.[3] It was here that David hid himself from Saul.[4]

Zif had a Jewish population until at least the 4th-century, but it became Christian during the Byzantine period.[5] Claude Reignier Conder (1875) located his tomb as being the "fine sepulchral monument" immediately south of the present Tell Zif.[6]

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  1. ^ 2007 PCBS Census Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.119.
  2. ^ West Bank Health care
  3. ^ John Kitto (1851). The Cyclopædia of Biblical Literature. Newman & Ivison. p. 991. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  4. ^ 1 Samuel 23:19; Psalm 54.
  5. ^ The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine. Eisenbrauns. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4575-0070-1. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Palestine Exploration Fund. January 1886. 1886. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

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