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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).

References in classic literature ?
In the valley of Siddim were five - Adrah, Zeboin, Zoar, Sodom and Gomorrah.
Enquiries to Gareth Watts, Zoar Avenue, Maesteg, CF34 9UT.
Stevie might flick a cig at you and Zoar might have barked at you a little harder than necessary, but they loved us.
We Sit Together, Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatist of Zoar, published by Princeton Architectural Press, accompanied that exhibition.
We've eaten aioli and zucchini everywhere from Aberdeen to Zoar, on the outskirts of Forfar, where the Castle Club does the tastiest and best priced high teas in Scotland.
Additionally, entrance and exit ramps throughout the project limits were repaved and the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Zoar Avenue and the Route 85 ramps was improved with new pavement and converted to a full-way stop.
While the name Zoar appears to stem from zeir, small, (35) it too must have had ample stores of wine; certainly enough to have allowed Lot's daughters to inebriate their father twice.
Other letters include one from May 1916 written by soldier David Davies to his former Sunday school teacher at Zoar Congregational Chapel in Merthyr Tydfil.
Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells: From Abrazas to Zoar
Friends please meet for Service at Zoar Chapel of Rest, Maesteg at 1.
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.