Meaning: wanderings, the unloading of tents, so called probably from the fact of nomads in tents encamping amid the cities and villages of that region, a place in the northwest of Lake Merom, near Kedesh, in Naphtali.

Here Sisera was slain by Jael, “the wife of Heber the Kenite,” who had pitched his tent in the “plain [Revised King James Version, ‘as far as the oak’] of Zaanaim” (Judges 4:11).

It has been, however, suggested by some that, following the Septuagint and the Talmud, the letter “b,” which in Hebrew means “in,” should be taken as a part of the word following, and the phrase would then be “unto the oak of Bitzanaim,” a place which has been identified with the ruins of Bessum, about halfway between Tiberias and Mount Tabor.

Article Version: September 9, 2017