Bir'zavith (Heb. Birza'vi h, בִּרז וַת, prob. in pause for בִּרזִיַת, Birzayyith, as in the margin, or בַּרזוֹת, Birzoth', as some would point, meaning apparently olive well: Sept. Βερζαϊvθ v. r. Βερζαιέ, Vulg. Bars th), a name occurring in the genealogies of Asher (1Ch 7:31), as the (?) son of Malchiel, being the son of Beriah and great-grandson of Asher (B.C. cir. 1658); and perhaps also, from the mode of its mention, the founder of a place in Palestine known by the same name (comp. the similar expression, "father of Bethlehem," "father of Tekoa," etc., in chaps. ii and iv). Schwarz (Palest. p. 158) identifies it with the ruined village Bir-zeit (" well of oil"), still extant and inhabited by Christians, a short distance N. of Jufna or Ophir (Robinson, Researches, 3:79); but, striking as is the agreement in name, the position (near the south border of Ephraim) seems to preclude the identity, notwithstanding the support claimed by Schwarz in the possible coincidence of the adjoining Japhlet (1Ch 7:32-33) with Japhleti (Jos 16:3).

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