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HEBREW: 7755 hkws Sowkoh or hks Sokoh or wkws Sowkow
NAVE: Soco Socoh
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In Bible versions:

son of Heber son of Mered of Judah
a town in the hills of Judah, about 15 km SW of Hebron (OS)
a town in the western foothills of Judah, 25 km SW of Jerusalem (OS)
a town in Solomon's third district 25 km NW of Shechem (OS)

tents; tabernacles
NETBible Maps: Map7 E3 ; Map9 C1
Google Maps: Soco (31° 40´, 34° 58´); Socoh (1) (31° 40´, 34° 58´); Socoh (2) (31° 25´, 34° 58´)


Strongs #07755: hkws Sowkoh or hks Sokoh or wkws Sowkow

Shocho or Shochoh or Sochoh or Shoco or Socoh = "bushy"

1) a town in the lowlands of Judah
2) a town in the mountain district of Judah

7755 Sowkoh so-ko'

or Sokoh {so-ko'}; or Sowkow {so-ko'}; from 7753; Sokoh or
Soko, the name of two places in Palestine:-Shocho, Shochoh,
Sochoh, Soco, Socoh.
see HEBREW for 07753

Soco [NAVE]

See: Socho 1 Chr. 4:18; 2 Chr. 11:7; Shocho 2 Chr. 28:18.

Socoh [NAVE]

1. Called also Shocho, Shochoh, Shoco, Sochoh. A city of Judah, Josh. 15:35; 1 Sam. 17:1.
One of Solomon's commissaries in, 1 Kin. 4:10.
Rebuilt and fortified by Rehoboam, 2 Chr. 11:7.
Taken by Philistines, 2 Chr. 28:18.
2. A city in the mountains of Judah, Josh. 15:48.


the name of two towns in the tribe of Judah.
  1. In the district of the Shefelah. (Joshua 15:35; 1 Samuel 17:1; 2 Chronicles 11:7; 8:18) In the time of Eusebius it bore the name of Socchoth, and lay between eight and nine Roman miles from Eleutheropolis, on the road to Jerusalem. It may be identified with esh-Shuweikeh , in the western part of the mountains of Judah. From this village probably came Antigonus of Soco, who lived about the commencement of the third century B.C.
  2. Also a town of Judah, but in the mountain district. (Joshua 15:48) It has been discovered about 10 miles southwest of Hebron; bearing, like the other Socoh, the name of esh-Shuweikeh .


SOCOH; SOCO - so'-ko (sokkhoh, "branches"), (sokho (in Chronicles only); Socho, most usual, but many forms in Septuagint and in the King James Version: Socoh, Shochoh, Shoco, Shocho):

(1) A city in the Shephelah of Judah mentioned along with Jarmuth, Adullam, Azekah, etc. (Josh 15:35); the Philistines "gathered together at Socoh, which belongeth to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah" (1 Sam 17:1); it is mentioned as one of the districts from which Solomon drew his supplies (1 Ki 4:10, the King James Version "Sochoh"); the association of Socoh in this verse with Hepher is worth noticing in connection with 1 Ch 4:18 ("Heber"). Soco (the King James Version "Shoco") was one of the cities fortified by Rehoboam for the defense of Judah (2 Ch 11:7); it was captured by the Philistines in the time of Ahaz (2 Ch 28:18). The site is, without doubt, Khirbet esh Shuweikeh (Shuweikeh is a diminutive of Shaukeh, "a thorn"), a rounded, elongated hilltop, showing clear traces of ancient city walls. The situation is one of considerable natural strength on the south side of the Vale of Elah just where the Wady ec Cur makes a sweep to the West and becomes the Wady es Sunt. Like so many such ancient sites, the hill has very steep slopes on 3 sides (South, West, and North), and is isolated from the ridge of higher ground to the East by a narrow neck of lower ground. In the valley to the Southwest is a plentiful spring. The site was known to Jerome in the 4th century. He described it as 8 or 9 Roman miles from Eleutheropolis (Beit Jibrin) (PEF, III, 53, 125, Sh XVII, BR, II, 21). The Sucathites (1 Ch 2:55) were probably inhabitants of Soco.

(2) A city of Judah in the South, associated (Josh 15:48) with Shamir and Jattir. This is doubtless Khirbet Shuweikeh, a large ruin occupying a low hill, 10 miles Southwest of Hebron; there are many caves and rock-cut cisterns as well as drafted stones. Cheyne doubtfully locates the Socoh of 1 Ki 4:10 here. See PEF, 404, 410, Sh XXV; B R, I, 494.

E. W. G. Masterman

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