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Tirzah
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(Heb. תִּרְצָה; Tell el-Fāriʿa). This site in northeastern Samaria controlled the main route into central Transjordania (Peniel). Taken by Shoshenq (Shishak; Karnak list no. 59 [G. Hughes, Reliefs and Inscriptions at Karnak, vol. III, 1954]), it was the residence of the kings of Israel from Baasha (1 Kgs 15:21) to Omri (1 Kgs 16:23). It was destroyed by Menahem even before Tiglath Pileser III (2 Kgs 15:16). In Song 6:4, Tirzah might be a cover name for Samaria.

Tirzah was a significant settlement in Early Bronze I/II (18 hectares) and was fortified in Midd…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Tirzah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026042>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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