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Khirbet. Khoreisa. One archaeologist named Conder discovered SE of Ziph, in the desert, the ruin Khoreisa and Wady Abu-Hirsh, in both of which he sees Horeshah (Horesh). Horesh was a place in the wilderness of Ziph where David fled from Saul and where Jonathan met him to provide him support (1 Sam 23:15-16,18-19). The town of Ziph was in the desert ( "wilderness") of Ziph, to which David fled from Saul (1 Sam 23:14-15; 26:2-3). It was fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chron 11:8), having been originally built by Mesha the son of Caleb (1 Chron 2:42). It has been preserved in the ruins of Tell Zif, four miles SE of Hebron. The "wilderness of Ziph" was that portion of the desert of Judah that was near to and surrounded the town of Ziph.
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Israel in the First Century
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