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ZELZAH . In 1 Samuel 10:2 tells Saul that he will find ‘two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah .’ No such place is known to us, and the reference is strange after the definite mention of Rachel’s sepulchre. The LXX [Note: Septuagint.] does not regard it as a proper name, and tr. [Note: translate or translation.] ‘leaping furiously’; and the Vulgate reads ‘in the south.’ Neither of these can be correct. Possibly the Greek of the LXX [Note: Septuagint.] is a transliteration of some Heb. word, which was not understood and was then transformed into something significant in Greek. The meaning remains uncertain.

W. F. Boyd.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Zelzah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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