Smith’s Bible Dictionary

“Ziph ” means battlement

Ziph : the name of two towns in Judah.

  1. In the south, named between Ithnan and Telem. (Joshua 15:24) It does not appear again in the history, nor has any trace of has been met with.
  2. In the highland district, named between Carmel and Juttah. (Joshua 15:55) The place is immortalized by its connection with David. (1 Samuel 23:14,15,24; 26:2) These passages show that at that time it had near it a wilderness (i,e, a waste pasture-ground) and a wood. The latter has disappeared but the former remains. The name of Zif if, found about three miles south of Hebron, attached to a rounded hill of some 100 feet in height, which is called Tell Zif .
  3. Son of Jehaleleel. (1 Chronicles 4:16)
Related Resources
  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Hitchcocks’s Bible Names