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Hormah

(hôr`mə), in the Bible, unidentified city, extreme S ancient Palestine, earlier called Zephath. Here the invading Israelites were defeated by the Canaanites. Later the Israelites destroyed the city.
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Hormah

Judah and his men level this Canaanite city. [O.T.: Judges 1:17]
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14, 2010 (TAP) - Public Health Minister Mondher Zenaidi conferred here Tuesday morning with his Mauritanian counterpart Sheikh Mokhtar ould Hormah, as part of the official visit the Mauritanian President is paying in Tunis December 13-14, escorted by a high-level delegation made up of several ministers and high officials.
And Israel vowed unto the Lord and said, 'If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand then I will utterly destroy [herem] their cities.' And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites and they utterly destroyed them and their cities and the name of the place was called Hormah (Num.
And Judah went with Simeon his brother and they smote the Canaanites that inhabited Zephat and utterly destroyed it [herem] and the name of the city was called Hormah (Jud.
In the course of this account, we are told (1:16, see above) that the tribe of Judah, joined by the tribe of Simeon, smote the Canaanites somewhere in the Negev Arad, where they conquered a place called Zephat and named it Hormah. (7)
However, in listing the history of the tribal conquests of its own territory, the editor of Judges thought it proper to bring forward what had happened much earlier, which was really the first conquest by the tribe of Judah of some of its future territory with the changing of the name of the area from Zephat to Hormah, a name which persisted into the future.
'The Arabic word for woman, hormah, derives from the word haram: sin'.
These anecdotes include Exodus 15:22-25 ("Marah"), Exodus 17:1-7 and Numbers 20:1-13 ("Massah and Meribah"), Exodus 11:1-3 ("Taberah"), Numbers 11:31-35 ("Kibroth"), and Numbers 21:1-3 ("Hormah").
The text continues that it was ad l'Hormah. According to Ibn Ezra, Hormah was not necessarily the name of a locality they recently captured but vayakoumum; that is, utterly destroyed.