Zoan (Zoh´uhn)

The residence of the kings of Egypt during the twenty-first and twenty-second dynasties (ca. 1070–715 BCE). Zoan is located at modern San el-Hagar, about seventy-three miles northeast of Cairo. The “fields of Zoan”—evidently a region around Tanis—are described in (Ps 78:12, Ps 78:43) as the scene of the wonders associated with the exodus. According to (Num 13:22, Hebron was built seven years before Zoan. Zoan was still an important city in the days of Isaiah and Ezekiel (Isa 19:11; Isa 19:13; Isa 30:4; Ezek 30:14).

Ps 78:12

12In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

Ps 78:43

43when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
and his miracles in the fields of Zoan.

Num 13:22

22They went up into the Negeb, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the Anakites, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt ... View more

Isa 19:11

11The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;
the wise counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am one of the sages,
a descendant ... View more

Isa 19:13

13The princes of Zoan have become fools,
and the princes of Memphis are deluded;
those who are the cornerstones of its tribes
have led Egypt astray.

Isa 30:4

4For though his officials are at Zoan
and his envoys reach Hanes,

Ezek 30:14

14I will make Pathros a desolation,
and will set fire to Zoan,
and will execute acts of judgment on Thebes.

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.