Bible Names N-Z: Shamir
Shamir in Easton's Bible Dictionary
a sharp thorn. (1.) One of the sons of Michah (1 Chr. 24:24).
(2.) A town among the mountains of Judah (Josh.
probably Somerah, 2 1/2 miles north-west of Debir.
(3.) The residence of Tola, one of the judges, on
Ephraim (Judg. 10:1, 2).
Shamir in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("a sharp point".)
1. A town in the mountains of Judah (Joshua 15:48);
probably eight or nine miles S. of Hebron.
2. The judge Tola's home and burial place in Mount
Ephraim (Judges 10:1-2). Why Tola of Issachar dwelt there is
uncertain; either for security from the Canaanites, or
Issachar may have possessed some towns in the Ephraim
mountains. Van de Velde identifies Shamir with Khirbet Sammer,
a ruin in the mountains overlooking the Jordan valley, ten
miles E.S.E. of Nablus.
Shamir in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Shamir in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A city in the mountains of Judah
-2. A city on Mount Ephraim
The home and burial place of Tola, one of Israel's judges
-3. Son of Michah, a Levite
Shamir in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(n point or thorn.)
1. A town in the mountain district of Judah. Jos 15:48
only. It probably lay some eight or ten miles south of Hebron.
2. A place in Mount Ephraim, the residence and burial-
place of Tola the judge. Jud 10:1,2 Perhaps Samur, half-way
between Samaria and Jenin.
3. A Kohathite, son of Micah or Michal, the first-born
of Uzziel. 1Ch 24:24
Shamir in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
sha'-mer (shamir; Sameir):
(1) Mentioned along with Jattir and Socoh (Josh 15:48) as one
of the cities of Judah in the hill country. Possibly it is
Khirbet (or Umm) Somerah, 2,000 ft. above sea-level, a site
with ancient walls, caves, cisterns and tombs not far West of
Debir (edh Dhatheriyeh) and 2 miles North of Anab (`Anab)
(Israel Exploration Fund, III, 262, 286, Sh XX).
(2) A place in the hill country of Ephraim (Jdg 10:1) from
which came "Tola, the son of Pual, a man of Issachar," who
judged Israel 23 years; he died and was buried there. It is an
attractive theory (Schwartz) which would identify the place
with the semi-fortified and strongly-placed town of Sanur on
the road from Nablus to Jenin. A local chieftain in the early
part of the last century fortified Sanur and from there
dominated the whole district. That Sanur could hardly have
been within the bounds of Issachar is an objection, but not
necessarily a fatal one. It is noticeable that the
Septuagint's Codex Alexandrinus has Samareia, for Shamir
(Israel Exploration Fund, II, Sh XI).
E. W. G. Masterman
Shamir Scripture - 1 Chronicles 24:24
[Of] the sons of Uzziel; Michah: of the sons of Michah;
Shamir Scripture - Judges 10:1
And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son
of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in
Shamir in mount Ephraim.
Shamir Scripture - Judges 10:2
And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was
buried in Shamir.
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