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MEROZ (Heb. מֵרוֹז), an unidentified locality, which is cursed in the Song of Deborah (Judg. 5:23) because the inhabitants refused to help the prophetess and Barak in their war against Siserah. Suggested identifications for Meroz are Mazar on Mt. Gilboa or al-Ruz near al-Lajjūn.


J.J. Garstang, Joshua-Judges (1931), 396; Abel, Geog, 2 (1938), 385; A. Alt, in: ZAW, 58 (1941), 244ff.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.