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kirjath-sepher in the Bible

city of books, Josh. 15:15; same as Kirjath-sannah (q.v.), now represented by the valley of ed-Dhaberiyeh, south-west of Hebron. The name of this town is an evidence that the Canaanites were acquainted with writing and books. "The town probably contained a noted school, or was the site of an oracle and the residence of some learned priest." The "books" were probably engraved stones or bricks.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • The name of kirjath-sepher, a city near Hebron, means “city of books,” and survives from pre-Israelitish times.

    The Story of Books Gertrude Burford Rawlings

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