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Sepharad (Hebrew: סְפָרַד‎ Sp̄āraḏ; also Sefarad, Sephared, Sfard), is a biblical place name of uncertain location. It is mentioned only once in the Bible, in the Book of Obadiah
Book of Obadiah
Obadiah 1:20 (6th century BC). There are, however, Old Persian
Old Persian
inscriptions that refer to two places called Saparda (alternative reading: Sparda): one area in Media and another in Asia Minor. It is speculated that Sepharad could have been Sardis, whose native Lydian name is 𐤳Sfard. Since the period of 2nd century Ancient Rome, Spanish Jews
Spanish Jews
gave the name "Sepharad" to the Iberian peninsula.[1] The descendants of Iberian Jews
Iberian Jews
refer to themselves as Sephardi Jews
Sephardi Jews
(Hebrew, plural: Sephardim) and identify Spain
as "Sepharad" in modern Hebrew.


1 Version comparisons 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Version comparisons[edit]

Obadiah 1:20 (trans. Judaica Press) "And this exiled host of the children of Israel who are [with] the Canaanites as far as Zarephath and the exile of Jerusalem which is in Sepharad shall inherit the cities of the southland"[2] Obadiah 1:20 (NKJV) "And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath, and the captivity of Jerusalem, that is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South." Obadiah 1:20 (Vulgate) et transmigratio exercitus huius filiorum Israhel omnia Chananeorum usque ad Saraptham et transmigratio Hierusalem quae in Bosforo est possidebit civitates austri.

See also[edit]

Nusach Sefard Sephardic law and customs

v t e

Sephardi Jewish topics


Sepharad Roman Empire Golden Age Expulsion

Conversos Degredados Lançados Marranos


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North Africa

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Western Europe and overseas

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Amazonian Xuetas

Modern history

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Haketia Tetuani Ladino

Religion and culture

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Sephardi chief rabbi



Black Panthers Shas


^ Torviso, Isidro Gonzalo Bango (2003). Remembering sepharad: Jewish culture in medieval Spain. Washington National Cathedral: State Corp. for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad. p. 10. ISBN 978-8496008274.  ^ Chabad.org

External links[edit]

Sefarad, Journal on Hebraic, Sephardim and Middle East Studies, ILC, CSIC (scientific articles in Spanish, English and other languages)

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