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Our Origins

Zoan (ZONE)

Hebrew: צֹעַן

also known as: Field of ZoanTsoan, City of Rameses and Tanis

(Old Egyptian: Sant= “STRONGHOLD,” the modern San)


This was a key ancient Egyptian (Kemet) city in the north-eastern Nile Delta. Its name occurs seven times in scriptures (Numbers 13:22; Psalm 78:12; 78:43; Isaiah 19:11; 19:13; 30:4; Ezekiel 30:14).


This great and important city was the capital of the Hyksos, or Shepherd kings, who ruled Egypt for more than 500 years. It was the frontier town of Goshen. Here Pharaoh was holding his court at the time of his various interviews with Moses and Aaron.


The Greeks called this city Tanis. It was built 7 years after Hebron in the Land of Israel (Numbers 13:22). “No trace of Zoan exists; Tanis was built over it, and city after city has been built over the ruins of that” (Harper, Bible and Modern Discovery).  Extensive mounds of ruins, the wreck of the ancient city, now mark its site (Isaiah 19:11, 13; 30:4; Ezek. 30:14). “The whole constitutes one of the grandest and oldest ruins in the world.”