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(zō`ər), in the Bible; at first named


(bē`lə), it was the only one of the Cities of the Plain (see SodomSodom
or Sodoma
, in the Bible, the principal of the Cities of the Plain (the others being Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar, which was spared) destroyed by fire from heaven because of their wickedness.
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) to escape destruction. Lot and his daughters took refuge here. It is probably now submerged in the southern end of the Dead Sea.


(zôr, zō`ər), village, Tuscarawas co., E central Ohio, on the Tuscarawas River; founded 1817, inc. 1884. It was founded by a group of Separatists from S Germany who fled religious persecution and, under the leadership of Joseph Michael Bimeler, emigrated to America. The Quakers received them in Philadelphia and assisted them in obtaining land in Ohio. The village of Zoar was laid out, a communistic system was adopted, and a strict moral and religious life was maintained. Flour and textile mills and other small industries were established, and the commune flourished. The Zoarites aided in the building of the Ohio and Erie Canal. After Bimeler's death (1853), the society declined; in 1898 the communistic mode of life was abandoned.


See Ohio Historical Society, Zoar (1970); E. O. Randall, History of the Zoar Society (3d ed. 1904, repr. 1972).

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In the valley of Siddim were five - Adrah, Zeboin, Zoar, Sodom and Gomorrah.
Funeral Monday Dec 14, 2015, friends please meet for service at Zoar Chapel Of Rest, Maesteg at 1.
Resting at the Private Funeral Home of W James & Sons, Fonmon, until the funeral on Monday Nov 2, service and interment 2pm at Zoar Presbyterian Church, Bonvilston.
Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar.
Service will be held at Morley Spiritualist Church, Zoar Street at 10.
Currently, his research focuses on the ecologies of Lakes Candlewood, Lillinonah and Zoar (in Connecticut), with particular interest in invasive species infesting these lakes.
Bernie Lintzner's zebra mussel hotel on Lake Zoar had no vacancies.
We sit together; utopian benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar.
Prosecutor Paul Reid said police went to a house in Zoar Street where they found the hydroponic set-up together with a number of pots containing roots.
Military Academy at West Point boxers had taken five of the first seven bouts, but by the time the bell rang at the end of the third round of his 177-pound matchup with Army's Zoar Morales, Mike McLain had the crowd on their feet.
We have not migrated here to make war, but to be saved from the wrath, like Noah in the Ark or like Lot in Zoar.
I first went to Zoar Valley Girl Scout Camp when I was eight, approaching nine.