Places Study on Sepharad

Places Study on Sepharad

Obadiah 1: And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Sepharad
SEPHARAD . A country in which was a community of exiles from Judah in the days of the prophet Obadiah ( Obadiah 1:20 ). It is probably to be understood as Sparda ( Çparda ), a Persian province of Asia Minor, not definitely treated in its earliest use, but in the time of the Seleucidæ employed for Asia Minor as a whole. Cf. Obadiah, p. 664 b .

J. F. McCurdy.

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Sepharad
(Obadiah 1:20 ), some locality unknown. The modern Jews think that Spain is meant, and hence they designate the Spanish Jews "Sephardim," as they do the German Jews by the name "Ashkenazim," because the rabbis call Germany Ashkenaz. Others identify it with Sardis, the capital of Lydia. The Latin father Jerome regarded it as an Assyrian word, meaning "boundary," and interpreted the sentence, "which is in Sepharad," by "who are scattered abroad in all the boundaries and regions of the earth." Perowne says: "Whatever uncertainty attaches to the word Sepharad, the drift of the prophecy is clear, viz., that not only the exiles from Babylon, but Jewish captives from other and distant regions, shall be brought back to live prosperously within the enlarged borders of their own land."

Holman Bible Dictionary - Sepharad
(ssih fay' rad) Place name of uncertain meaning. Place where Jerusalem's Exiles lived. Obadiah promised them new possessions in the Negeb (Genesis 10:20 ). The location is disputed: possibly a country south of Lake Urmia and north and west of Media, beyond the Babylonian Empire, but more likely the capital city of the Persian satrapy of Sepharad or Sardis in Lydia near the Aegean Sea. Early Syriac (Peshitta) and Aramaic (Targum) evidence points to Spain, but this is improbable.



Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Sepharad
Jerusalem's citizens, captives at Sepharad, shall return to occupy the city and southern Judaea (Obadiah 1:20). Jerome's Hebrew tutor thought Sepharad was on the Bosphorus. Jerome derives it from an Assyrian word "limit," i.e. scattered in all regions abroad (so James 1:1). The modern Jews think Spain. As Ζarephath , a Phoenician city, was mentioned in the previous clause, Sepharad is probably some Phoenician colony in Spain or some other place in the far West (compare Joel 3:6, to which Obadiah refers). C Ρa Rad occurs before Ionia and Greece in a cuneiform inscription giving a list of the Persian tribes (See also Niebuhr, Reiseb. 2:31). Also in Darius' epitaph at Nakshi Rustam, 1:28, before Ionia in the Behistun inscription (i. 15). Thus, it would be Sardis (the Greeks omitting the -ph ) in Lydia. In favor of Spain is the fact that the Spanish Jews are called Sephardim , the German Jews Αshkenazim .

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Sepharad
Place where the Jews were in captivity, but from whence they would be brought to possess 'the cities of the south.' Obadiah 20 . The LXX has 'as far as Ephratha'; and the Vulgate 'in Bosphoro.' Jerome considered the word signified 'boundary,' and referred to the dispersion of the Jews in any region.

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Sepharad
A book descending
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Sepharad
A place in Asia Minor near the Bosphorus, to which Jewish captives were conveyed, Obadiah 1:20 .

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Sepharad - Jerusalem's citizens, captives at Sepharad, shall return to occupy the city and southern Judaea (Obadiah 1:20). Jerome's Hebrew tutor thought Sepharad was on the Bosphorus. As Ζarephath , a Phoenician city, was mentioned in the previous clause, Sepharad is probably some Phoenician colony in Spain or some other place in the far West (compare Joel 3:6, to which Obadiah refers)
Sepharad - The Latin father Jerome regarded it as an Assyrian word, meaning "boundary," and interpreted the sentence, "which is in Sepharad," by "who are scattered abroad in all the boundaries and regions of the earth. " Perowne says: "Whatever uncertainty attaches to the word Sepharad, the drift of the prophecy is clear, viz
Sepharad - Sepharad
Sepharad - The location is disputed: possibly a country south of Lake Urmia and north and west of Media, beyond the Babylonian Empire, but more likely the capital city of the Persian satrapy of Sepharad or Sardis in Lydia near the Aegean Sea
Obadiah, Book of - It is also very uncertain whether any inference can safely be drawn from the allusion to Sepharad (wh