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Kabzeel is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°17′10.284″N 34°55′56.46″E / 31.28619000°N 34.9323500°E / 31.28619000; 34.9323500Coordinates: 31°17′10.284″N 34°55′56.46″E / 31.28619000°N 34.9323500°E / 31.28619000; 34.9323500
RegionDue S of Judah, on border of Edom;
poss. located ≈ 10 km (6 mi) ENE of Beer-sheba.

Kabzeel (Hebrew: קַבְצְאֵל, Trans: Qabtsĕ'el, "God gathers") is a Hebrew Bible place name. It was the most remote city of Judah; located in southern Judah on the border of Edom (Idumaea) (Joshua 15:21). The location is tentatively identified with Khirbet Hora[1] (Horvat Hur), about 10 km (6 mi) ENE of Beer-sheba. Kabzeel was the birthplace of Benaiah, one of David's chief warriors (2 Samuel 23:20; 1 Chronicles 11:22).[2] Following the Exile, it was resettled under the name Jekabzeel (Nehemiah 11:25).[3]

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  1. ^ ISBE 2009, p. 1-K: Yohanan Aharoni suggested Khirbet Hora as a possible location for Kabzeel, in his 1975 revised edition of The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography.
  2. ^ Gesenius 1860, p. 362.
  3. ^ Eerdmans 2000, p. 759.


  • Eerdmans, David Noel Freedman, ed.-in-chief; Allen C. Myers, associate ed. ; Astrid B. Beck, managing (2000). Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI [etc.]: Eerdmans. p. 759. ISBN 9789053565032.
  • Gesenius, Wilhelm (1860). Gesenius's Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon. Samuel Prideaux Tregelles. p. 362.
  • ISBE, general editor; Geoffrey W. Bromiley, general editor; associate editors, Everett F. Harrison, Roland K. Harrison, William Sanford (2009). The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia ([Fully rev.]. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans. p. 1-K. ISBN 9780802837851. {{cite book}}: |first1= has generic name (help)

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons. {{cite encyclopedia}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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