بلدة بصيرا
—  Town  —
The ruins of Bozrah, the capital of Edom
Coordinates: 30°42′50″N 35°39′29″E / 30.71389°N 35.65806°E / 30.71389; 35.65806
Country Jordan
Province Tafilah Governorate
Founded 1100 B.C.
 - Type Municipality
 - Mayor Mamduh Refoo
Time zone GMT +2
 - Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)3
For the town in Syria, see Bosra. For the town in Connecticut, see Bozrah, Connecticut.

Botsra, Botzrah, Bozrah (Arabic: بصيرا‎,Hebrew: בצרה‎) is an ancient biblical city in southern modern-day Jordan, now Bouseira 20 Km to the south of Tafilah,between Tafilah (Tophel) and Shoubak.


Bozrah was the capital city of Edom. According to the Old Testament, the city was the homeland of Jacob's twin brother, Esau. Bozrah means "sheepfold" and was a pastoral city in Edom southeast of the Dead Sea.

"And these were the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before the reigning of a king over the sons of Israel...And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah, from Bozrah, reigned in his place". (Gen 36:31-33)

The prophets Amos and Isaiah predicted Bozrah's destruction.

"But I will send a fire against Teman, and it shall devour the palaces of Bozrah". (Amos 1:12)

According to Isaiah 63:1-6, the Lord will come from Edom (modern-day Jordan) and Bozrah on the day of vengeance and the year of redemption (cf. Revelation 19:13).

According to one Christian interpretation of Micah 2:12-13, Bozrah, (or a place the Bible cryptically refers to as Bozrah), will also be the scene of a magnificent "break-out" of God's covenant people. According to this interpretation the deliverance will come at an Edomite controlled place of exile and incarceration in the End times. This epic event referred to in Micah 2:12-13 has been referred to by Dr G Finley as "the Bozrah deliverance". Bozrah is in the Hebrew, but most translators render it as "fold" - sheep in the fold. This "break-out" could be tied to Zechariah 14:1-5, when Yahweh fights against the nations, stands on the Mount of Olives (north of Israel), and splits the Mount in two as a valley, so that the remnant of Israel trapped in Jerusalem can escape those who would kill them. If so, Micah 2:12-13 would not relate to the locale of Bozrah.


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