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HEBREW: 8656 hurt Tirtsah
NAVE: Tirzah
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In Bible versions:

daughter of Zelophehad
a town of Manasseh 10 km NE of Shechem

benevolent; complaisant; pleasing
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Google Maps: Tirzah (32° 16´, 35° 17´)


Strongs #08656: hurt Tirtsah

Tirzah = "favourable"

n pr f
1) one of the 7 daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher of the
tribe of Manasseh

n pr loc
2) one of the kingdoms on the west of the Jordan conquered by Joshua
and the Israelites
3) a Canaanite city, later capital of the northern kingdom of Israel

8656 Tirtsah teer-tsaw'

from 7521; delightsomeness; Tirtsah, a place in Palestine;
also an Israelitess:-Tirzah.
see HEBREW for 07521

Tirzah [NAVE]

1. A daughter of Zelophehad, Num. 26:33; 36:11; Josh. 17:3.
Special legislation in regard to the inheritance of, Num. 27:1-11; 36; Josh. 17:3, 4.
2. A city of Canaan. Captured by Joshua, Josh. 12:24.
Becomes the residence of the kings of Israel, 1 Kin. 14:17; 15:21, 33; 16:6, 8, 9, 15, 17, 23.
Royal residence moved from, 1 Kin. 16:23, 24.
Base of military operations of Menahem, 2 Kin. 15:14, 16.
Beauty of, Song 6:4.


(delight), youngest of the five daughters of Zelophehad. (Numbers 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Joshua 17:3) (B.C. 1450.)


an ancient Canaanite city, whose king is enumerated among those overthrown in the conquest of the country. (Joshua 12:24) It reappears as a royal city, the residence of Jeroboam and of his successors, (1 Kings 14:17,18) and as the seat of the conspiracy of Menahem ben-Gaddi against the wretched Shallum. (2 Kings 15:16) Its reputation for beauty throughout the country must have been widespread. It is in this sense that it is spoken of in the Song of Solomon. Eusebius mentions it in connection with Menahem, and identifies it with a "village of Samaritans in Batanea." Its site is Telluzah , a place in the mountains north of Nablus .


TIRZAH - tur'-za (tirtsah; Thersa):

(1) A royal city of the Canaanites, the king of which was slain by Joshua (12:24). It superseded Shechem as capital of the Northern Kingdom (1 Ki 14:17, etc.), and itself gave place in turn to Samaria. Here reigned Jeroboam, Nadab his son, Baasha, Elah and Zimri (1 Ki 15:21,33; 16:6,8,9,15). Baasha was buried in Tirzah. Here Elah was assassinated while "drinking himself drunk" in the house of his steward; here therefore probably he was buried. Zimri perished in the flames of his palace, rather than fall into Omri's hands. In Tirzah Menahem matured his rebellion against Shallum (2 Ki 15:14). The place is mentioned in Song 6:4 the King James Version, where the Shulammite is said to be "beautiful .... as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem." The comparison may be due to the charm of its situation. The name may possibly be derived from ratsah, "to delight." Several identifications have been suggested. Buhl (Geographic des alten Palestina, 203) favors et-tireh, on the West of the plain of Makhneh, 4 miles South of Nablus, which he identifies with the Tira-thana of Josephus. He quotes Neubauer to the effect that the later Jews said Tir`an or Tar`ita instead of Tirzah, as weakening the claim of Telluzah, which others (e.g. Robinson, BR, III, 302) incline to. It is a partly ruined village with no spring, but with ancient cisterns, on a hill about 4 miles East of North from Nablus. This was evidently the place intended by Brocardius--Thersa, about 3 miles East of Samaria (Descriptio, VII). A third claimant is Teiasir, a fortress at the point where the road from Abel-meholah joins that from Shechem to Bethshan, fully 11 miles Northeast of Nablus. It is impossible to decide with certainty. The heavy "T" in Telluzah is a difficulty. Teiasir is perhaps too far from Shechem. Buhl's case for identification with eT-Tireh is subject to the same difficulty as Telluzah.

(2) One of the five daughters of Zelophehad (Nu 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Josh 17:3).

W. Ewing

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