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The meaning of Zuph in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

zuf (tsuph, "honeycomb"):

(1) According to I Samuel 1:1; I Chronicles 6:35 (Hebrew verse 20) = "Zophai" of I Chronicles 6:26 (11), an ancestor of Elkanah and Samuel. But Budde and Wellhausen take it to be an adjective, and so read tsuphi, in I Samuel 1:1 : "Tohu a Zuphite, an Ephraimite." It should probably be read also in I Samuel 1:1 : "Now there was a certain man of the Ramathites, a Zuphite of the hill-country of Ephraim," as the Hebrew construction in the first part of the verse is otherwise unnatural. The Septuagint's Codex Alexandrinus has Soup; Lucian has Souph in I Samuel 1:1; I Chronicles 6:26 (11); Codex Vaticanus has Souphei; Codex Alexandrinus and Lucian have Souphi; I Chronicles 6:35 (20), Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus have Souph; Lucian has Souphi; and the Kethibh has tsiph.

(2) The Septuagint's Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus have Seiph; Lucian has Sipha, "the land of Zuph," a district in Benjamin, near its northern border (I Samuel 9:5).

David Francis Roberts


See more on the meaning of Zuph in the Bible:
Zuph {Easton's Bible Dictionary}
Zuph {Hitchcock's Bible Name}

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