A city from which the Assyrian government drew settlers to place on Israelite territory after Israel’s fall to Assyria in 721 BCE (2Kgs 17:24; 2Kgs 17:31). Later references to the city of the same name (2Kgs 18:34; 2Kgs 19:33), whose kings and gods are impotent, may refer to the identical location, but that remains uncertain. (Isa 36:19 and Isa 37:13) contain the same name, but do not clarify the identification.
Assyria Resettles Samaria
24The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria in p ... View more
31the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.
34Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
33By the way that he came, by the same he shall return; he shall not come into this city, says the Lord.
19Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
13Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?”