Debir [N] [E] [H]

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

  1. A town in the mountains of Judah, ( Joshua 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," ( Joshua 15:15 ; Judges 1:11 ) and Kirjath-sannah, "city of palm." ( Joshua 15:49 ) It was one of the cities given with their "suburbs" to the priests. ( Joshua 21:15 ; 1 Chronicles 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 Nunkur , enclosed on the north by hills, of which one bears a name certainly suggestive of Debir--Dewir-ban.
  2. A place on the north boundary of Judah, near the "valley of Achor." ( Joshua 15:7 ) A Wady Dabor is marked in Van Deuteronomy Veldes map as close to the south of Neby Musa , at the northwest corner of the Dead Sea.
  3. The "border of Debir" is named as forming part of the boundary of Gad, ( Joshua 13:26 ) and as apparently not far from Mahanaim.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Debir'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.