Zoar still existed at the time of the invasion of Canaan. Just before Moses` death, the Lord allowed him to see the promised land from the top of Mount Nebo (also known as Pisgah or Abarim) and looked at the promised land all the way to Zoar (Deuteronomy 34:3). The name Zoar belongs to a city that lay at the southern end of the salt sea, and offers roughly the high water mark of the destruction of the cities of the plain. When the angels brought Lot and his family from Sodom, they ordered them to flee into the mountains. For some obscure reason, Lot rejected the mountain plan and opted for a nearby village that was small (מצער, mis`ar, see below) and was significant, also for an obscure reason. The angels allowed Lot to go to the small town, and that is why it was called Zoar (Genesis 19:22). Today, the Lot Cave Museum is located near the ancient Zoar. This is the presumed place where Lot and his daughters hid and where none of them impressed me more than the town of Zoar, inhabited exclusively by Germans. Mercy had almost led them to Zoar – guilt carried them into the abyss from where! However, the news hovered over Little Zoar`s gossip.
We first hear about Zoar when Lot decided to live in the Jordan Valley, which was like YHWH`s garden before the destruction, like Egypt coming to Zoar (Genesis 13:10). But before he was known as Zoar, his name was Bela, and at one point his suspicious nameless king joined a coalition of five kings and went to war with four Assyrian kings (Genesis 14:2; 14:8). All five lost out of the four, and what was left of Bela became Lots Zoar. Lot did not stay in Zoar because he left for another obscure reason and still took his daughters to the mountains (Genesis 19:30). So he asked the angels to let him flee to the city of Zoar, because it was close and “small.” “Its ruins can still be seen at the opening of the Kerak gorge, the Kir-Moab, on which in 2. Kings 3, the modern Tell esh-Shaghur. ——Mathew G. Easton, Easton`s Bible Dictionary The name of the city where Lot fled from Sodom (Genesis 19:20–23, 30), previously described in 1. Moses 13:10 was mentioned; 14:2-8, where his former name would have been Belah. In 19:22, his name would have been given because of his smallness which also seems to be responsible for the fact that he was spared. The location of Zoar has a lot to do with the towns of the plain or the Siddim valley, with which it is always connected. In Deuteronomy 34:3, Moses is said to have seen “the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, up to Zoar,” while in Isaiah 15:5 and Jeremiah 48:4 (where the Septuagint reads “Zoar” instead of “her little ones”), it says that it was a city of Moab.
The traditional location of the place is at the southern end of the Dead Sea. Josephus says (BJ, IV, viii, 4) that the Dead Sea extended “to the Zoar of Arabia”, while in Ant, I, xi, 4 he notes that the place was still called Zoar. Eusebius (Onomasticon, 261) locates the Dead Sea between Jericho and Zoar and speaks of the remains of ancient fertility still visible. Ptolemy (v. 17:5) considers them to belong to Arabia Petrea. Arab geographers mention it as Zughar, Sughar, located 1 degree south of Jericho, in a hot and unhealthy valley at the end of the Dead Sea, and speak of an important station on the trade route between Akkabah and Jericho. The crusaders mention “Segor” in the middle of the palm trees. The place has not been clearly identified by modern explorers, but from Genesis 19:19-30 we conclude that it was in the plain and not in the mountains.
If we engage at the southern end of the Dead Sea as the Siddim Valley, a very natural place for Zoar and in keeping with all traditions would be at the foot of the Moab Mountains, east of Wady Ghurundel, where there is still a well-watered oasis several kilometers long and 2 or 3 wide. which is probably but a remnant of a fertile plain that once stretched over a considerable portion of the shallow southern end of the Dead Sea, when the water level, as noted elsewhere (see Dead Sea), was considerably lower than it is now. The name Zoar is changed to 1. Moses 19:22 and 19:30 צוער and everywhere else צער. It is mentioned by the prophets Isaiah (15:5) and Jeremiah (48:34). a small village in Ohio, USA, 91 m south of Cleveland and seat of a German socialist community. Much later, the prophet Isaiah foresaw times of great international upheaval and spoke of refugees from Moab to Zear (Isaiah 15:5), and Jeremiah also heard cries from Zoar (Jeremiah 48:34). The numerical value of Zoar in Chaldean numerology is: 8 Robinson would place it at the northeast corner of el-Lisan, on the border of the Kerak River, but this was done only for theoretical reasons, which would also be filled in at the place indicated above, and which are generally determined by authors who consider the Siddim Valley to be the southern end of the Dead Sea. Conder, who vigorously asserts that the Siddim Valley lies at the northern end of the Dead Sea, has a positive view of W.H.`s theory. Birch that the place is represented by the present-day Tell Shaghur, a white rocky hill at the foot of the Moab Mountains, one mile east of Beth-haram (Tell er-Rameh), 7 miles northeast of the mouth of the Jordan River.
a place notable for its stone monuments and well-stocked springs, but he acknowledges that the name resembles the Christian Segor rather than the original Zoar. (Kleinheit), one of the oldest cities in the land of Canaan. Its original name was BELA. (Genesis 14:2 Genesis 14:8) It was closely related to the cities of the “plain of the Jordan” – Sodom, Gomorrah, Adbah and Zeboiim, See also (Genesis 13:10) but not Genesis 10:19 In the general destruction of the cities of the plain, Zoar was spared to give the protection of Lot. ( Genesis 19:22 Genesis 19:23 1. Moses 19:30) He is mentioned in the account of Moses` death as one of the landmarks that limited his view of Pisgah, (34:3), and it seems that he was known in both Isaiah`s time (Isaiah 15:5) and Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 48:34) These are all Zoar communications contained in the Bible. It was located in the same district as the four cities already mentioned, namely in the “plain” or “circle” of the Jordan and the narration of (Genesis 19:1). obviously suggests that he was very close to Sodom. Vs.
(Genesis 19:15; 23:27) Sodom`s final position is and probably always will be a mystery; but there is little doubt that the plain of the Jordan was on the north side of the Dead Sea, and that the cities of the plain must therefore be situated there and not at the southern end of the lake, as is generally taken for granted. [SODOM] (But the vast majority of scholars of Josephus and Eusebius have the presence of the Dead Sea.) It was as old, if not older, than Damascus and was built seven years before Zoar in Egypt. Bibliographic information Orr, James, M.A., D.D. Editor-in-Chief. “Entry for `ZOAR`”. “International Standard Bible Encyclopedia”. 1915. small town east or southeast of the Dead Sea where Lot and his daughters fled Sodom (Genesis 19:22 Genesis 19:23).
He was originally called Belah (Genesis 14:2; Genesis 14:8). He is mentioned by the prophets (Isaiah 15:5) and (Jeremiah 48:34). Its ruins can still be seen at the opening of the Kerak gorge, the Kir-Moab, which was built in the 2nd century. Kings 3, the modern Tell esh-Shaghur. It was originally called Bela (14:2, 8) and was located in the valley of Siddim.