GATH-HEPHER (Heb. גַּת חֵפֶר), a town on the border of the territory of zebulun , between japhia and Eth-Kazin (Josh. 19:13). It is referred to as the birthplace of the prophet jonah (II Kings 14:25). The biblical site has been identified with Khirbat al-Zurraʿ (now called Tel Gath Hepher), near the Arab village of Mashhad, 2½ mi. (4 km.) southeast of sepphoris . An examination of the tell has revealed Iron Age pottery on its surface. A tomb in the village traditionally that of Jonah (al-Nabī Yūnis) attests the existence of a local tradition which was already noted by Jerome in the preface to his Latin commentary on the Book of Jonah. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Albright, in: BASOR, 35 (1929), 8; EM, S.V. (Michael Avi-Yonah)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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