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Debir


De’bir (a sanctuary), the name of three places of Palestine.

1. A town in the mountains of Judah, Josh. 15:49, one of a group of eleven cities to the west of Hebron. The earlier name of Debir was Kirjath-sepher, “city of book,” Josh. 15:15; Judges 1:11, and Kirjath-sannah, “city of palm.” Josh. 15:49. It was one of the cities given with their “suburbs” to the priests. Josh. 21:15; 1 Chron. 6:58. Debir has not been discovered with certainty in modern times; but about three miles to the west of Hebron is a deep and secluded valley called the Wady Nunkûr, enclosed on the north by hills, of which one bears a name certainly suggestive of Debir—Dewı̂r-ban.

2. A place on the north boundary of Judah, near the “valley of Achor.” Josh. 15:7. A Wady Dabor is marked in Van de Velde’s map as close to the south of Neby Mûsa, at the northwest corner of the Dead Sea.

3. The “border of Debir” is named as forming part of the boundary of Gad, Josh. 13:26, and as apparently not far from Mahanaim.