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, ancient city of Egypt, in the eastern delta of the Nile. It is identified with the Hyksos capital, Avaris (XII dynasty), and is called Zoan in the Bible. It was a significant city in the XIX dynasty and was capital of the XXI (Tanite) dynasty.
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Rashi's acceptance of the midrashic interpretations seems based on the phrase in Numbers comparing Hebron with Zoan.
Then, a "man of Zoan (Tanis)" is to appear, and a child is to be born--perhaps this is a prediction of a new king who will set Egypt right, as in the Prophecies of Neferti.
For though his officials are at Zoan and his envoys reach Hanes, everyone comes to shame through a people that cannot profit them, that brings neither help nor profit, but shame and disgrace.
3) A connection between princes and foolishness is posited in Isaiah 19:13, The princes of Zoan no'alu, are become fools.