Geography, BIBLICAL.—With the exception of the didactic literature, there is no book in the Bible which, to a greater or less extent, does not contain mention of, or allusions to, the geography and topography of the Holy Land. In early times, when the perusal of the Sacred Books was confined within the limits of the country in which they had come to light, there was little need `of any special attention to geographical details. Palestine has a small area, and every one of its inhabitants was acquainted with almost every by-corner and nook in it. Not so, however, the outside reader—the Jew of the Diaspora, for instance. But little did he care, in many cases, for such trifles as topographical niceties; God‘s message was all he was looking for in Holy Writ; as to those who longed for a fuller knowledge of the land of their forefathers, an occasional pilgrimage thither, at a time when local traditions were still alive, afforded ample opportunities. After A.D. 70, Jewish pilgrims ceased to flock to Palestine; on the other hand, zealous Christians, whilst at times casting a glance towards the land whence the light of the Gospel had come, would rather “stretch forth themselves to the things that are before”, and direct their conquering steps to new shores. It thus happened that when the Church obtained her long delayed freedom from the throes of persecution, and her scholars turned their minds to a searching study of the Bible, they realized that much of the book would remain sealed to them unless they were acquainted with the Holy Land. To this deeply-felt need Biblical geography, as a help to the study of the Scriptures, owes its birth (cf. St. August, De Doctr. Chr., II, xvi, 24; Cassiod., Deinstitut. div. litt., xxv; St. Jer., Ad Domn. et Rogat. in I Paralip., Praef.). Its necessity has never since been questioned, and its growth has kept abreast of the strivings after a better knowledge of the literal and historical sense of the Scriptures. The study of Biblical geography is pursued more than ever in our time, and it may not be amiss to mention here the principal sources and means at its disposal.
First of all, of course, stands the Bible, some parts of which, however, must be singled out, owing to their importance from the present point of view. The ethnographical list in Gen., x, is a valuable contribution to the knowledge of the old general geography of the East, and its importance can scarcely be over-estimated. The catalogues of stations of the Hebrew people in their journeyings from Egypt to the bank of the Jordan supply us with ample information concerning the topography of the Sinaitic Peninsula, the southern and eastern borders of the Dead Sea. In the Book of Josue is to be found a well-nigh complete survey of Palestine (especially of Southern Palestine) and the territory allotted to Juda in particular. Later books add little to the wealth of topographical details given there, but rather give a casual glimpse of an ever-growing acquaintance with places abroad—in Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia. The centuries following the Exile were for the adventurous Israelites a period of expansion. Colonies of thrifty merchants multiplied wonderfully East and West, above all throughout the Greek and Roman world, and Palestinian folks had to train their ears to many new, “barbarous” names of places where their kinsmen had settled. The Church at Jerusalem, therefore, was well prepared to listen with interest to the accounts of Barnabas’s and Paul’s missions abroad (Acts, xv, 12; xxi, 19).
While the authors of the English Authorized Version (A.V.) have made efforts to preserve proper names in their old Hebrew mould, our Douay Version (D.V.) adheres, as a rule, to the Latin transliteration. This imperfection is, however, by no means to be compared with that which arises from the astounding transcriptions of the Codex Vaticanus from which the Greek textus receptus was printed. To cite at random a few instances, Bahurim has become Barakim; Debbaseth, Heb. Dabbasheth, Gr. Baitharaba; Eglon, Hodollam or Ailam; Gethremmon, Iebatha, etc., not to speak of the frequent confusion of the sounds d and r or of the proper names wrongly translated, as ‘En Shemesh by e pere tou eliou, etc. Thanks to a systematic correction of the whole text, such divergences are not to be found in the Codex Alexandrinus. Biblical information is in a good many instances paralleled, and not unfrequently supplemented, by the indications gathered from the documents unearthed in Egypt and Assyria. No fewer than 119 towns of Palestine are mentioned in the lists of Thothmes III (about 1600 B.C.); the names of some 70 Canaanite cities occur in the famous Tell-el-Amarna letters (about 1450 B.C.; on the wads of Karnak the boastful records of the conquests of Sheshonk I (Sesac) exhibit a list of 156 names of places, all in Central and Southern Palestine (935 B.C.); the inscriptions of the Assyrian kings Tukalti Pal-Esarra III (Teglathphalasar, 745-27), Sarru-kinu (Sargon, 722-05), and Sin-akhi-erba (Sennacherib, 705-681) add a few new names. From the comparison of all these lists, it appears that some hundred of the Palestinian cities mentioned in the Bible are also recorded in documents ranging from the sixteenth to the eighth centuries B.C.
“The immovable East” still preserves under the present Arabic garb a goodly proportion (three-fourths, according to Col. C. R. Conder) of the old geographical vocables of the Bible; in most instances the name still cleaves either to the modern city which has supplanted the old one (e.g. Beit-Lahm for Bethlehem), or to the ruins of the latter (e.g. Khirbet’Almith), or the site it occupied (e.g. Tell Jezer for Jazer; Tell Ta’annak for Taanach); sometimes it has shifted to the neighboring dale, spring, well, or hill (as Wady Yabis). The history of the Palestinian cities and of the changes which some local names have undergone in the intervening centuries is traced, and the identification helped, by the information supplied by geographers, historians, and travellers. In this regard, parts of the works of classical geographers, such as Strabo and Ptolemy, are consulted with profit; but they cannot compete with Eusebius’s “Onomasticon”, the worth of which was already recognized by St. Jerome, any more than the Peutinger Table, however useful, can rival the Madaba Mosaic Map (dating probably from Justinian’s time) discovered in the autumn of 1897. The “Peregrinatio Silviae” (whatever the true name of the authoress), the descriptions of the Bordeaux pilgrim, the accounts of those whom the piety of the Middle Ages brought to the Holy Land, the histories of the Crusades and of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, and, lastly, the Arab geographers afford valuable material to the student of Biblical geography.
The topography, as well as the history, of Palestine is a favorite study of the present day. Governments commission to the East diplomatic agents who are masters of archaeology; schools have been founded at Jerusalem and elsewhere to enable Biblical students, as St. Jerome recommended (in lib. Paralip., Praef.), to acquire a personal acquaintance with the sites and the natural conditions of the country; and all—diplomats, scholars, masters, and students—scour the land, survey it, search its innermost recesses, copy inscriptions, make excavations, sift on the spot the evidences furnished by the Bible and all available authorities. The results of their labors are published in periodicals founded for that particular purpose (such as the “Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement”, the “Zeitschrift”, and the “Mittheilungen und Nachrichten des deutschen Palastina-Vereins”, the “Palastinajahrbuch”) or appear as important contributions in reviews of a wider scope (like the “Revue Biblique”, the “Melanges d’Archeologie orientale” or the “American Journal of Archaeology”). In the bibliography given at the end of this article the reader will find a list of the works of scholars who, especially in the last fifty years, have earned fame in the field of Biblical geography, and a right to the gratitude of all students of Sacred Scripture.
The name Palestine, first used to designate the territory of the Philistines, was, after the Roman period, gradually extended to the whole southern portion of Syria. It applies to the country stretching from the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon to the Sinaitic Desert, and from the Mediterranean to the Arabian Desert. Politically, the limits varied in the course of Biblical times. The old Land of Canaan was relatively small: it included the region west of the Jordan between a line running from the foot of the Hermon Range to Sidon, and another line from the southern end of the Dead sea to Gaza. David’s and Solomon‘s possessions were considerably larger; they probably extended northeastward to the Syrian, and eastward to the Arabian Desert. Two classical expressions occur frequently in the Bible to designate the whole length of the land in historical times: “from the entrance of Emath [i.e., probably, the Merj Ayun] to the river of Egypt [Wady el-Arish]”, or “to the Sea of the Wilderness [Dead Sea]” and “from Dan to Bersabee“. This represents, in the estimate of St. Jerome, about 160 Roman miles (141 Engl. m.). As to the breadth of the country, the same Father declared himself ashamed to state it, lest heathens might take occasion from his assertions to blaspheme (Ep. ad Dardan., 129). According to the measurements of the English surveyors, the area of the Holy Land is about 9700 square miles, a trifle over that of the State of Vermont. These figures are humble indeed compared to those found in the Talmud, where (Talm. Babyl., “Sotah,” 49b) Palestine is given an area of 2,250,000 Roman square miles—more than half the area of the United States.
The Land of Israel is a “land of hills and plains” (Dent., xi, 11). To the north, two great ranges of mountains, the Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon, or Hermon, separated by the deep valley of Coelesyria (El-Bega’a), raise their summits to a height of 9000 or 10,000 feet. The Lebanon was never within the borders of Israel; it remained the possession of the Phoenicians and of their Syrian successors; but the Hebrews liked to speak about its majestic grandeur, its slopes covered with oaks, firs, and cedars, its peaks capped with nearly perennial snow. Glistening closer on the northern frontier, Mt. Hermon—Sirion of the Sidoians, Sanir of the Amorrhites, Jebel esh-Sheikh— was perhaps more familiar. On both sides of the Jordan the mountains of Palestine prolong these two ranges. West of the upper course of the river, the mountains of Galilee gradually decrease towards the plain of Esdrelon which alone divides the highland. Only a few hills, among which Thabor (A.V. Tabor; J. et- Tor), Moreh (Nebi-Dahi, “Little Hermon“), and the heights of Gelboe (A.V. Gilboa; J. Fuqu’a), bordering the plain to the east, connect the lesser ranges of Galilee with the mountains of Ephraim. The country then rises steadily, studded with rounded hills—among them Ebal and Garizim (A .V. Gerizim)—riven east and west by torrents, and is continued in the “Mountains of Juda” (3000 ft.), to decrease farther south (Bersabee, 700 ft.) and be connected through the “Mountains of Seir” (Jebel Madera, J. Maqra, J. ‘Arai f) and the J. et-Tih, with the first approaches of Sinai. The mountains of Ephraim and those of Juda decline gradually towards the Mediterranean Sea, the last western hillocks bordering on the rich plain of Saron (A.V. Sharon), south of Mount Carmel, and on the Sephelah (A.V. Shephelah). As the Jordan Valley sinks while the plateau rises, the eastern ravines are the deeper (the Cedron falls 4000 ft. between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea), and west of the Dead Sea, the wilderness of Juda becomes a labyrinth of rugged and precipitous gorges, the favorite haunt of outlaws at all times (cf. I Sam., D.V.I Kings, xxii, xxiii, xxiv), the last stronghold of Jewish independence (Masada, April, A.D. 73), and the time-honored retreat of the Essenes and of the early Christian hermits.
East of the Jordan, the Hermon range is prolonged by the “mountains of Basan” [A.V. Bashan] (Jolan), to the north of the Yarmuk (Sheri’ at el-Menadhireh), the “mountains of Galaad” [A.V. Gilead] from the Yarmuk to the Arnon (J. ‘Ajlun and J. Jil’ad), north and south respectively to the Jaboc, or Wady Zerka, the Abarim Mountains, and the highlands of Moab, east of the Dead Sea; farther south this orographic system is continued by the ranges east of the ‘Araba (Jeba, J. esh-Shera), the J. Tauran and the mountains of Western Arabia (Hedjaz, etc.). Tumbling down abruptly towards the Jordan and the Dead Sea, the mountains of Basan, of Galaad, and of Moab buttress the plateaux of the desert, where from time immemorial the nomad tribes of Bedouin have roamed. Only east of the watershed of the Yarmuk, some fifty miles from the Jordan, does the plateau rise to an altitude of 3500 feet in the volcanic region of the Hauran, where some peaks tower to a height of over 5000 feet, and northeast of which stretches, 25 miles long and 20 miles wide, and with the average depth of 500 feet, the broken sea of lava of the Trachon (Lejah). With the exception of the Trachon, and the mountains of Hauran—which lie beyond the limits of classical Palestine—and of a small volcanic section in the northeast, which lies between Mount Hermon and the river Yarmuk, and extends westwards to Mount Thabor, the surface rock of Palestine is a soft limestone containing many fossils; it is hollowed by numberless caverns, some of which are mentioned in Scripture, once, probably, the dwelling-places of the early inhabitants of the country; in later times the favorite cells of anchorites.
The most wonderful geographical and geological feature of Palestine is the gigantic depression which divides the country into two halves. It is the natural continuation of the ravine through which the Orontes (Nahr el-‘Asi) and the Leontes (N. el-Litani) have furrowed their beds. From “the entrance of Emath”, the Ghor, as this depression is called by the Arabs, runs directly south, falling persistently with an average gradient of 15 feet per mile, and passes at an altitude of 1285 feet below the sea level, under the blue waters of the Bahr Lilt, the bed of which reaches a depth of more than 1300 feet below the water level, this being: the lowest point of this unparalleled depression. Towards the south the bed of the Salt Sea rises, but the furrow is continued through the ‘Araba, which, although in some places it goes to a height of 781 feet above the Red Sea, remains much lower than the bordering regions, and finally plunges into the Gulf of ‘Aqaba. From the “waters of Merom” (Bahrat el-Huleh) to the Lake of Tiberias (Bahr Tabariyeh) the Ghor is scarcely more than a narrow gap; it broadens to about four miles south of the lake, then narrows to a mile and a half before reaching the plain of Beisan, where it spreads to a breadth of eight miles. South of ‘Ain es-Saqut, down to the confluence of the Jaboc, the valley is only two miles wide; but it soon expands again and north of the Dead Sea measures twelve to fourteen miles.
Inside the Ghor the Jordan has ploughed its double bed. The larger bed, the Zor, is an alluvial plain, the width of which varies from 1200 feet to a mile and a half; it is sunken eighteen to twenty feet in the upper course of the river, forty to ninety feet in the middle course, and about one hundred and eighty feet at some distance north of the Dead Sea. The Zor is very fertile except in its few last miles (the ‘Arabah or “desert” of Scripture), where the salt-saturated soil is barren and desolate. Sunken within the Zor, and hidden behind a dense screen of oleanders, acacias, thorns, and similar shrubbery, the Jordan (esh-Sheri-‘at el-Kebir, “the Great Trough”) follows its serpentine course, swiftly rolling its cream-colored waters through a succession of rapids which render it practically unnavigable. “The Great Trough” of Palestine is much narrower than its celebrity might lead one to suppose. A few miles below Lake Huleh, its width is only 75 feet; about twenty miles, as the crow flies, north of the Dead Sea, it measures some 115 feet; but as it goes down towards the Sea, the river broadens to 225 feet. Before the Roman period no bridges existed over the Jordan; communications were active, nevertheless, between both banks, thanks to the shallowness of the water, which is fordable in five or six places (Jos., ii, 7; Judges, iii, 28; vii, 24; xii, 5, 6, etc) Early in the spring, however this is utterly impossible, for the river, swollen by the melting snow of Mount Hermon, overflows its banks and spreads over the whole area of the Zor (Jos., iii, 15; I Par., xii, 15; Ecclus., xxiv, 36). The Jordan is formed by the union of three springs, respectively known as Nahr el-Hasbani, N. el-Leddan, and N. Baniyas, which meet nine miles north of Lake Huleh. On both sides it receives many tributaries, very few of which are explicitly mentioned in Scripture. We may mention, on the west side, the N. el-Bireh, which comes down from Mount Thabor, the N. el-Jalud, bringing down from Nebi Dahi the waters of `Ain-Jalud, possibly the site of the trial of Gideon’s companions (Judges, vii, 4, 6), the Wady Far’ah, which originates near Mount Hebal and Mount Garizim, the W. Nawaimeh, the pass to the heights of Bethel (Beitin; cf. Jos., xvi, 1), and, below Jericho, the W. el-Kelt, the “torrent of Carith (A.V. Cherith)” mentioned in III (A.V. I) Kings, xvii, 3, according to many Biblical geographers. On the east, besides many brooks draining the hill country of Galaad, the Jordan receives, south of the Lake of Tiberias, the Sheri ‘at el-Menadhireh, not spoken of in the Bible (Yarmuk of the Talmud, Hieromax of the Greek writers), the W. Yabis, the name of which recalls that of the city of Jabes-Galaad W . (I Kings, xi; xxxi, 11-13), the Jaboc (N. ez-Zerqa), the Nimrin (cf. Bethemra, Num., xxxii, 36; Jos., xiii, 27), and, a few miles from the Dead Sea, the united waters of the W. Kefrein and W. Hesban (cf. Hesebon, A.V. Heshbon, Num., xxi, 26; Jos., xxi, 39, etc.).
Among the rivers and torrents debouching into the Dead Sea from the mountains of Juda, only one deserves notice, viz., the Wady en-Nar, made up of the often dry Cedron (Wady Sitti Maryam), east of Jerusalem, and the “Valley of Ennon” (W. er-Rababi) to the south of the Holy City. Many torrents stream from the highlands of Moab; among these may be mentioned the Wady ‘Ayun Musa, the name of which preserves the memory of the great leader of Israel, the Arnon (W. el-Mojib), the Wady of Kerak, probably the Biblical Zared, the “waters of Nemrim [A.V. Nimrim]” (Is., xv, 6; Jer., xlviii, 34.—W. Nemeira), and finally the W. el-Qurahi, very likely the “torrent of the willows” of Is., xv, 7.
In the Mediterranean watershed, from the extreme north of Phoenicia, the most famous rivers are the Eleutherus (I Mach., xi, 7; xii, 30.—Nahr el-Kebir), the N. el Qasimiyeh (Leontes of the Greeks), the N. el-Muqatta (Cison; A.V. Kishon), the N. ez-Zerga, very likely the “flumen Crocodilon” of Pliny (Hist. Nat., V, xvii) and the Sichor Labanah of the Bible (Jos., xix, 26.—A.V. Shihor-libnath), the N. el-Faleq, possibly the Nahal Qanah (D.V. “valley of reeds”; A.V. Kanah) of Jos., xvi, 8 and xvii, 9, the N. Rabin, one of the confluents of which, the W. es-Sarar, runs through the famous “valley of Sorec” (A. V. Sorek.—Judges, xvi, 4, etc.), the N. Sukreir, into which opens the “valley of the terebinth” (A.V. “valley of Elah”.—I Kings, xvii, 2, 19; xxi, 9—probably the W. es-Sunt), the W. el-Hasy, the main branch of which passes at the foot of Lachis (Tell el-Hasy), while another originates near Khirbet Zuheiliqa, not unlikely the site of Siceleg (A.V. Ziklag.—Jos., xv, 31, etc.); the W. Ghazzeh, into which flows the W. esh-Sheri’a, perhaps the “torrent Besor” (I Kings, xxx, 9, etc.), and the W. es-Seba’, which recalls to the mind the city of Bersabee (Beer-Sheba), both being the natural outlets of all the hydrographic system of the Negeb; finally, the W. el-‘Arish, or “torrent of Egypt“, Shihor of the Hebrews and Rhinocolurus of the Greeks, which drains all the northern and northeastern portions of the Sinaitic Peninsula. The Scriptures mention likewise a few inland rivers, particularly two in the territory of Damascus: the Abana (N. Barada), which, after watering the city of Damascus, loses itself some twenty miles east in the Bahrat el-‘Ateibeh and the Pharphar, which feeds the Bahrat el-Hijaneh.
Besides the two lakes just mentioned, which are outside of Palestine proper, and the Lakes Huleh and Tiberias, in the course of the Jordan, the Holy Land possesses no other lakes of any extent except the Birket er-Ram (the Lake Phiala of Josephus—Bell. Jud., III, x, 7) to the south of Baniyas; but ponds and marshes are numerous in certain parts of the land. Marshes near the lower Jordan, at a short distance from the Dead Sea, are mentioned in I Mach., ix, 46.
Dent., viii, 7, describes Palestine as “a land of brooks and of waters and of fountains”. Many springs are mentioned in Scripture, and nearly all belong to Western Palestine. Going from north to south, and leaving aside those in the neighborhood of cities to which they gave their names (Engannim, Enhasor, etc.) we may mention here: the “fountain of Daphnis” (Num., xxxiv, 11, in the Vulgate only: other texts have merely: “the fountain”) identified by Robinson with ‘Ain el-‘Asy, the main spring of the Orontes in Coelesyria; the “fountain which is in Jezrahel” (I Kings, xxix, 1) generally recognized in the ‘Ain Jalud, near the Little Hermon; the “fountain that is called Harad” (Judges, vii, 1), possibly the same, or ‘Ain el-Meiyteh. 180 feet below ‘Ain Jalud; the “fountain of Taphua” (Jos., xvii, 7), near the city of that name; the “fountain of Jericho” or “of Eliseus” (D.V. Elisha.—IV Kings, ii, 19, 22), ‘Ain es-Sultan, to the north of Jericho; the “fountain of the Sun” (Jos., xv, 7), ‘Ain el-Haud, or Apostles‘ Fountain, on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho; the “fountain of the water of Nephtoa” (Jos., xv, 9), near Lifta, northwest of Jerusalem; the “source of the waters of Gihon” (II Par., xxxii, 30), ‘Ain Umm ed-Derej, or, as the Christians call it, ‘Ain Sitti Maryam, on the southeast slope of the Temple hill at Jerusalem; the “fountain Rogel” (Jos., xv, 7), Bir Eiyub in the W. en-Nar, south of Jerusalem; the “dragon-fountain” (Neh., D.V. II Esdras, ii, 13), somewhere in the neighborhood of the Holy City, unidentified; “The Spring of him that invoked from the jawbone” (so D.V.; A.V. Enhakkore—Judges, xv, 19—rather, “the Spring of the partridge, which is in Lehy”), identified by Conder with some ‘Ayun Qare, northwest of Sor’a; the “water” where Philip baptized the eunuch of Candace (Acts, viii, 36) ‘Ain ed-Dirweh, near the highroad from Jerusalem to Hebron; “the fountain of Misphat that is Cades” (A.V. “Enmishpat, which is Kadesh”—Gen., xiv, 7) ‘Ain Kedeis in the desert.
In places where the supply of water was scanty the ancient inhabitants constructed pools, either by damming up the neighboring valley or by excavation. Of the former description were very likely the pools of Gabaon [A.V. Gibeon.—II Kings (A.V. II Samuel), ii, 13], Hebron (II Kings, iv, 12), Samaria (III Kings, xxii, 38), Hesebon (Cant., vii, 4), and certainly the lower pool of Siloe near Jerusalem (Is., xxii, 9, 11); of the latter description are the “upper pool” of Siloe (IV Kings, xx, 20) and the famous “pools of Solomon“, probably alluded to in Eccl., ii, 6, near Bethlehem. These pools, frequent in the East, are supplied either by natural drainage, or by springs, or by aqueducts bringing water from a distance.
In its climate, as well as in everything else, Palestine is a land of contrasts. At Jerusalem, which is 2500 feet above the sea level, the mean temperature of the whole year is about 63° F.; during the winter months, although the mean temperature is about 50°, the mercury occasionally plays around the freezing-point; whereas in June, July, August, and September, the average being between 70° and 75°, the thermometer sometimes rises to 100° or higher. For six or seven months there is no rain; the dry wind from the desert and the scorching sun parch the land, especially on the plateaux. The first rains generally fall about the beginning of November; the “latter rain”, in the month of April. Plenty or famine depend particularly on the April rains. On clear nights, all the year round, there falls a copious dew; but in summer time there will be no dew if no westerly breeze, bringing moisture from the sea, springs up towards the evening. Snowfalls are only occasional during the winter, and usually they are light, and the snow soon melts; not seldom does the whole winter pass without snow (as an average, one winter in three). Owing to the neighborhood of Lebanon and Hermon, the Upper Galilee enjoys a more temperate climate; but in the lowlands the mean temperature is much higher. Along the coast, however, it is relieved almost every evening by the breeze from the sea. In the Ghor, the climate is tropical; harvesting, indeed, begins there in the first days of April. During the winter months, the temperature is warm in the daytime, and may fall at night to 40°; in summer the thermometer may rise in the day to 120° or 140°, and little relief may be expected from the night. “The valley concentrates the full radiance of an eastern sun rarely mitigated by any cloud, though chilled at times by the icy north winds off the snows of Lebanon and Hermon; it is parched by the south wind from the deserts of the South, yet sheltered from the moist sea breezes from the West that elsewhere so greatly temper the climate of the Holy Land” (Aids to the Bible Student). The flora and fauna of the lowest portions are accordingly similar to those of India and Ethiopia. The coast of the Dead Sea, sunken deeper than the Ghor, has a deadly equatorial climate, perhaps the hottest in the world.
These orographic, hydrographic and climatic conditions of the Holy Land explain the variety—wonderful, if we consider the size of the country—of its fauna and flora. It is “a good land…. A land of wheat, and barley, and vineyards, wherein fig trees, and pomegranates, and oliveyards grow: a land of oil and honey. Where without any want thou shalt eat thy bread, and enjoy abundance of all things” (Deut., viii, 7-9). Palestine, indeed, even now, but much more so in Biblical times, may be said fairly to repay the labor of its inhabitants. The north, on both sides of the Jordan, is a most fertile region; the plains of Esdrelon and of Saron (A.V. Sharon, except in Acts, ix, 35), the Sephelah and the Ghor were at all times considered the granaries of the country. Even the land of Juda contains rich and pleasant dales, an ideal home for gardens, olive-groves, vineyards, and fig trees; and the high country, with the exception of the sun-baked and wind-parched desert, affords goodly pastures. (See Animals in the Bible; Plants in the Bible.)
Palestine seems to have been inhabited about the fourth millennium B.C. by a population which may be called, without insisting upon the meaning of the word, aboriginal. This population is designated in the Bible by the general name of Nephilim, a word which, for the Hebrews, conveyed the idea of dreadful, monstrous giants (Num., xiii, 33, 34). We hear occasionally of them also as Rephaim, Enacim, Emim, Zuzim, Zamzommim, and Horites, these last, whose name means “cave-dwellers”, being confined to the deserts of Idumaea. But what were the ethnological relations of these various peoples, we are not able to state. At any rate, the land must have been thinly inhabited in those early times, for about 3000 B.C. it was styled by the Egyptians “an empty land”. Towards the third millennium B.C., a first Semitic Canaanite element invaded Palestine, followed, about the twenty-fifth century, by a great Semitic migration of peoples coming from the marshes of the Persian Gulf, and which were to constitute the bulk of the population of Canaan before the occupation of the land by the Hebrews. From the twentieth century B.C. onwards, Aram continued to pour on the land some of its peoples. Palestine had thus, at the time of Abraham, become thickly inhabited; its many cities united by no bond of political cohesion, were then moving in the wake of the rulers of Babylon or Susa, although the influence of Egypt, fostered by active commercial communications, is manifest in the Canaanite civilization of that period. As a result of the battle of Megiddo, the Land of Canaan was lost to Babylon and added to the possessions of Egypt; but this change had little effect on the internal conditions of the country; administrative reports continued to be written, and business transacted, in the Cananaeo-Assyrian dialect, as is shown from the Tell el-Amarna and the Ta’annak discoveries. About the same epoch the Hethites came in from the North and some of their settlements were established as far south as the valley of Juda, while the Amorrhites were taking hold of the trans-Jordanic highland. Speaking generally, when the Hebrews appeared on the banks of the Jordan and the Philistines on the Mediterranean shore (c. 1200 B.C.), the Amalecites held the Negeb, the Amorrhites the highlands east of the river, the Canaanites dwelt in the valleys and plains of the west, and some places here and there were still in possession of the aborigines. The Philistines drove the Canaanites from the coast and occupied the Sephela, whereas the Zakkala settled on the coast near Mount Carmel. We know in detail from the Bible the progress of the Hebrew conquest of the rest of the land: the remnant of the former settlers were absorbed little by little into the new race.
Needless to tell here how the different tribes, at first without any other bond of unity than that of a common origin and faith, gradually were led by circumstances to join under a common head. This political unity, however, was ephemeral and split into two rival kingdoms—that of Israel in the north, and that of Juda in the south. The vicissitudes of these two tiny kingdoms fill several books of the Old Testament. But they were doomed to be merged into the mighty empires of the Euphrates and to share their fate. A Babylonian province in 588, a Persian satrapy after Cyrus’s victories, Palestine became for a few years part of Alexander‘s vast dominion. At the division of his empire the Land of Israel was allotted to Seleucus, but for fifteen years was a bone of contention between Syria and Egypt, the latter finally annexing it, until, in 198 B.C., it passed by right of conquest to King Antiochus III of Syria. A short period of independence followed the rebellion of the Machabees, but finally Rome assumed over Palestine a protectorate which in time became more and more effectual and intrusive. Josephus narrates how Palestine was divided at the death of Herod; St. Luke (iii, 1) likewise describes the political conditions of the country at the beginning of Christ’s public life. West of the Jordan and the Dead Sea, Palestine included Galilee, Samaria, Judea, and Idumaea (Edom); east of that river, Gaulanitis corresponded to the modern Jolan; Auranitis was the administrative name of the plateau of Jebel-Hauran; northwest of it, the Lejah formed the main part of Trachonitis; Iturea must have been the country southeast of Hermon; north of Iturea, on the banks of the upper Barada, at the foot of the Anti-Lebanon, was situated the small, but rich, tetrarchy of Abilene; south of Iturea, between Gaulanitis and Auranitis extended Batanea; finally, under the name of Perea was designated the land across the Jordan from Pella to Moab, and westwards to the limits of Arabia, determined by the cities of Gerasa (Jerash), Philadelphia (Amman), and Hesebon.
It is very difficult to form an estimate of the population of Palestine, so conflicting are the indications supplied by the Bible. We are told in II Kings, xxiv, 9, that in the census undertaken at David’s command, there were found 1,300,000 fighting men. These figures, which may represent a total population of from 4,000,000 b 5,000,000, undoubtedly overshoot the mark. From what may be gathered in various places of Holy Writ, the figures given in II Kings might fairly represent the whole population at the best epochs.
In the foregoing portions of this article Palestine alone has been spoken of and described. However, as has been intimated above, Genesis, Exodus, Daniel, Esther, in the Old Testament, the Acts, the Epistles, and the first chapters of the Apocalypse, in the New, contain geographical indications of a much wider range. To attempt a description of all the countries mentioned would be to engage in the whole geography of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Roman empires, a task which the allusions made—with the exception of the detailed description of the Israelites‘ journey from Egypt to the Jordan—would hardly justify. On the other hand, it is certain that Palestine is the theatre where most, and those the most vital, of the events of sacred history took place. The following list, which gives the names of most places, within and without Palestine, mentioned in Holy Writ, briefly supplies the indications needed. From the variety of countries to which these places belonged the reader may form an idea of the range of geographical knowledge possessed by the Biblical writers, and acquired by them, either from personal experience or by hearsay.
GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES IN HOLY SCRIPTURE.—Many of the more important places mentioned below are subjects of special articles in THE CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA; where the title of such an article is identical with the local name given in the list, the reader will be referred to that article simply by the letters “q. v.” (quod vide); where the special article is headed with a different name or a modified form of the same name, the cross-reference gives that name in CAPITALS AND SMALL CAPITALS. Cross-references to other titles in the list itself are given in the ordinary type.
Abarim (q.v.): mountains in N. Moab.
Abdon (Jos., xxi, 30, etc.): Khirbet ‘Abdeh, N. of the Wady el-Karn.
Abel (the great: I Kings, vi, 18) is a common name, “stone”, as the D.V. suggests in the parenthesis.—Abel (Judges, xi, 33; Heb. Abel Keramim),—Abela (IV Kings, xx, 14)—Abeldomum Maacha (III Kings, xv, 20; IV Kings, xv, 29);—Abelmaim (II Par., xvi, 4);—Abelmehula (Judges, vii, 23, etc.); Abelsatim (Num., xxxiii, 49), the place where the Israelites were enticed into the impure worship of Beelphegor; in the Ghor, E. of the Jordan, at a short distance from the Dead Sea.
Aben-Boen (Jos., xviii, 18), also “the stone of Boen” (Jos., xv, 6): a conspicuous rock marking the limit of Juda and Benjamin between Beth Hagla and the Ascent of Adommim.
Abran (Jos., xix, 28; Aser): perhaps a mistake for Abdon. Unknown.
Accad (Achad; Akkad). See Babylonia.
Accain (Jos., xv, 57): mtn. of Juda, Kh. Yaqin.
Accho. See Acre.
Achazib, 1 (Jos., xix, 21; Aser): Ez-Zib, betw. Accho and Tyre.—2 (Jos., xv, 44; Mich., i, 14; W. Juda): ‘Ain el-Kezbeh.
Achor: a valley near Jericho, possibly Wady el Qelt.
Achsaph (Jos., xi, 1, etc.; Aser): prob. Kefr Yasif, N.E. of Acre.
Achzib. See Achazib 2.
Acron (Jos., xix, 43). See Accaron.
Adada (Jos., xv, 22; S. limit of Juda): ‘Ad’ada, E. of Bersabee.
Adadremmon (Zach., xii, 11): in the plain of Esdrelon; in later times, Maximianopolis (St. Jerome); Rummaneh, S. of Lejun.
Adama (Deut., xxix, 23): city of the Pentapolis.
Adarsa (I Mach., vii, 40), also Adazer (I Mach., vii, 45): Kh. ‘Adaseh, N. of Jerusalem and E. of El-Jib.
Adiada (I Mach., xii, 38), also Addus, in the Sephela: Haditeh, E. of Lydda.
Adithaim (Jos., xv, 36)—text perhaps corrupt; as it stands, designates a place, hitherto unidentified, in the neighborhood of Gaza.
Adom (Jos., iii, 16): Tell-Damieh, a little S. of the confluence of the Jaboc and the Jordan.
Adommim: (Ascent of; Jos., xv, 7; xviii, 18), limit of Benjamin and Juda; seems to correspond to Tal-‘at ed-Dumm, on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, a place notorious for the thieves who lurked round about (Luke, x, 30-35).
Adon (I Esd., ii, 59), also Addon (II Esd., vii, 61): a city of Chaldea, the same as Eden in Is., xxxvii, 12; Ezech., xxvii, 23.
Adrumetum (Acts, xxvii, 2): city and seaport in Mysia, over against the island of Lesbos; mod. Adramiti or Edremid, also Ydremid.
Aduram (II Par., xi, 9, S. Juda), also Ador (I Mach., xiii, 20): Dura, W. of Hebron.
Agar’s Well (Gen., xvi, 14), “between Cades and Barad”: Bir Mayin.
Ahalab (Judges, i, 31; Aser): poss. the same as Mehebel (Jos., xix, 29; D.V. “from the portions”), the Makhalliba of the third campaign of Sennacherib. Unknown.
Ahion (III Kings, xv, 20, etc.), also Aion (IV Kings, xv, 29): the name seems to be preserved in Merj ‘Ayun, between the valley of the Leontes and that of the Upper Jordan. The site was possibly Tell-Dibbin, or Khiam, a near-by place.
Ai: D.V. for Hai.
Aiath (Is., x, 28): the same as Hai.
Aila, Ailath: the same as Elath.
Ain (Jos., xix, 7; Juda), also called En-Rimmon: Kh. Umm er-Rummanim, N. of Bersabee, on the road to Beit-Jibrin.
Alima (I Mach., v, 26): poss. Kh. ‘Ilma.
Amam (Jos., xv, 26; S. Juda). Unidentified.
Amana (Cant., iv, 8): poss. the same as Mt. Hor of the N.
Amma (Jos., ix, 30; Aser): perhaps ‘Alma esh-Sha’ub, W. of the Scala Tyriorum (Ras en-Naqura).
Amphipolis (Acts, xviii, 1): in Macedonia, 30 m. from Philippi; mod. Jenikoei.
Amthar (Jos., xix, 13; Zabulon); prob. not a proper name, seems to mean “turns towards”.
Ana: a town in Babylonia, on the Euphrates, possibly ‘Anah.
Anab (Jos., xi, 21): mount. of Juda, once belonging to the Enacim; Kh. ‘Anab, S. of Beit-Jibrin.
Anem (I Par., vi, 73, Heb., 58; Issachar), perhaps a contraction for Engannim, which stands in the same place, Jos., xix, 21. However, poss. ‘Anim, S. of Lejun.
Aner (I Par., vi, 70; Heb. 55; W. Manasses), perhaps a corruption for Thanach of Jos., xxi, 25; poss. also ‘Ellar, N.W. of Sebastiyeh.
Ange (Judith, ii, 12), a mount, in Cappadocia: Erjias.
Anim (Jos., xv, 50; mount. of Juda): Kh. Ghuwein.
Apadno (Dan., xi, 45); doubtful as a proper name.
Apamea (Judith, iii, 14), country and city of Syria: Qal ‘at el-Mudhiq.
Aphaerema (I Mach., xi, 34; not in the Vulg.), one of the toparchies of Juda: see Ephraim.
Aphara (Jos., xviii, 23; Benjamin), commonly identified with Tell el-Farah, S.E. of Beitin.
Aphec 1 (Jos., xii, 18; N.W. Juda): poss. Merj-Fikieh (Conder).—2 (Jos., xix, 30, etc.; Aser). Unknown.—3 (I Kings, iv, 1; Benjamin): perhaps Qastul.—-4 (I Kings, xxix, 1; Issachar): El-‘Afuleh, N.W. of Zera ‘in.—5 (III Kings, xx, 26, etc.) Assyr.: Apqu: prob. Fiq, E. of the L. of Tiberias.
Apheca, 1 (Jos., xiii, 4): Afka, N.E. of Beirut.—2 (Jos., xv, 53; mount. of Juda), Egypt.: Apuken: prob. Fuqin, W. of Bethlehem.
Apollonia (Acts, xvii, 1), in Mygdonia, a prov. of Macedonia: mod. Pollina.
Appiiforum (Acts, xxviii, 15), 43 m. S.E. of Rome, on the Appian Way, on the edge of the Pontine Marshes.
Ar, Ar Moab (Num., xxi, 15, etc.) N. of Moab, and S. of the river Arnon; some suggest Rabba; others Umm er-Resas; others Muhatet el-Haj.
Arab (Jos., xv, 52; mount. of Juda), also Arbi (II Kings, xxiii, 25): Kh. er-Rabiyeh, W. of Ziph.
Ararat. See Ark.
Arbatis (I Mach., v, 23); doubtful whether it is a district or a city. Unknown.
Arbee. See Hebron.
Archi seems rather a gentile name, derived from Arach, Erek, or Erech, ‘Ain ‘Arik, between Beitin and Beit Ur.
Arebba (Jos., xv, 60; mount. of Juda): Kh. Rebba S.W. of Jerusalem, near Beit Nettif(?).
Areopolis, Greek name of Ar Moab.
Arimathea. See Rama.
Arnon, river of Moab: Wady el-Mojib.
Aroer, 1 (Deut., ii, 36, etc.; Moab. S., 1. 26): ‘Ara’ir, N. of the Arnon river.—2 (Judges, xi, 33), “over against Rabba”, i.e. E. of Amman. Unknown.—3 (I Kings, xxx, 28; S. Juda), Egypt.: Har-horar: ‘Ar’arah, E.S.E. of Bersabee.
Arpad A. V. for Arphad.
Arphad (IV Kings, xviii, 34, etc.), Assyr.: Arpaddu: Tell’Erfad, 12 m. N. of Aleppo.
Aruboth (III Kings, iv, 10), poss. Wady ‘Arrub, near Bersabee.
‘Arumah (Judges, ix, 31; D.V.: “privately”), a proper name: perhaps El-‘Orme, S. of Naplus.
‘Asal (Zach., xiv, 5; D.V.: “the next”). A proper name is demanded by the context: perhaps the Wady ‘Asul, S. of Jerusalem.
Asaramel (I Mach., xiv, 27); wrongly given as a proper name; either some court, or a title of Simon: “prince of the people of God“.
Asasonthamar. See Engaddi.
Asem (Jos., xv, 29, etc.; S. Juda), also Asom (I Par., iv, 29). Unknown.
Asemona (Num., xxxiv, 4; Jos., xv, 14; S. Juda): poss. ‘Ain Qaseimeh, W. of Cades.
Asena (Jos., xv, 33, plain of Juda): perhaps ‘Aslin; perh. Kefr Hasan.
Asergadda (Jos., xv, 27; S. Juda). Unidentified.
Ashdod, A.V. for Azotus.
Asor, 1 (Jos., xi, 1, etc.; Nephtali), also Hasor, Heser. Egypt.: Huzar: the site seems to have been in the neighborhood of L. Huleh, but its exact location is the object of great discussions.—2 (Jos., xv, 23; S. Juda). Unknown; perhaps connected with Jebel Hadhireh, N.E. of Cades.—3 (Jos., xv, 25; S. Juda). Unknown.—-4 (II Esd., xi, 33, Benjamin), poss. Kh. Hazzur, N. of Jerusalem.
Asphar (I Mach., ix, 33), a pool in the desert of Thecue, perh. Bir ez-Za’feraneh.
Assedim (Jos., xix, 35; Nephtali). Some: Hattin el-Kedim; others: Es-Sattiyeh; perhaps not a proper name.
Asson, 1 (Acts, xx, 13, 14), seaport in Mysia: Behram Kalessi.—2 (Acts, xxvii, 13); not a proper name, but compar. of agchi, “near”.
Astaroth (Deut., i, 4, etc.), capital of Og, king of Basan: Tell Astara, in Hauran.
Astarothcarnaim (Gen., xiv, 5), prob. Tell As’ari, in Hauran.
Ataroth, 1 (Num., xxxii, 1, etc.; Moab. S., 1. 10; Moab): Khirbet’Attarus, S. of the Wady Zerga Ma’in. -2 (Jos., xvi, 2; S. Ephraim), also Ataroth Addar (Jos., xvi, 5; xviii, 13); some: ‘Atara, S. of El-Bireh; others: Kh. ed-Darieh, near Lower Bethoron.—3 (Jos., xvi, 7; E. Ephraim), poss. Tell et-Truny (Conder).
Athach (I Kings, xxx, 30), possibly the same as Ether.
Athar. See Ether.
Athmatha (Jos., xv, 54; mount. of Juda). Unidentified.
‘Athroth beth Yo’ ab (I Par., ii, 54; D.V.: “the crowns of the house of Joab“), name of a place. Site unknown.
Ava (IV Kings, xvii, 24, etc.), also Avah, a Babylonian city conquered by the Assyrians. Possibly Hit, on the right bank of the Euphrates.
Avim (Jos., xviii, 23, Benjamin). Some identify it with Hai. Otherwise unknown.
Avith (Gen., xxxvi., 35; Edom), perhaps in the neighborhood of the Jebel el-Ghuweiteh, E. of the Dead Sea.
Avoth Jair (III Kings, iv, 13). See Havoth Jair.
Axaph. See Achsaph.
‘Ayephim (II Kings, xvi, 14; D.V.: “weary”), possibly, rather, a place E. of Bahurim.
Aza (I Par., vii, 28; N.W. of Ephraim). Unknown.
Azanotthabor (Jos., xix, 34; Nephtali), in the neighborhood of Mt. Thabor. Unknown.
Azeca (Jos., x, 10, etc.; plain of Juda), in the environs of Tell Zakariyah. No agreement as to the exact identification.
Azmaveth (I Esd., ii, 24): Hizmeh, N. of ‘Anata.
Baala, 1 (Jos., xv, 9, etc.; Juda) old name of Cariathiarim.—2 (Jos., xv, 29, etc.; S. Juda), also Bala; perhaps Kh. Umm-Baghle, N.E. of Bersabee.
Baalath (Jos., xix, 44; N. Dan), also Balaath (II Par., viii, 6), prob. Bel’ain, N.W. of Beit Ur.
Baalath Beer Ramath. See Baal.
Baalgad (Jos., xi, 17, etc.), at the foot of Mt. Hermon: Baniyas.
Baal Hamon (Cant., viii, 11; D.V. “that which hath people”), poss. identical with Balamon (Judith, viii, 3); perh. Kh. Bel’ameh, S. of Jenin.
Baalhasor (II Kings, xiii, 23), poss. Tell ‘Asur, N.E. of Beitin.
Baalmeon (Jos., xvii, 17, etc.), also Baalmaon, Beelmeon, Bethmaon: Tell Ma’in, S.W. of Madaba.
Baal Peor, A.V. for Beelphegor.
Baal Pharasim (II Kings, v, 20), in the neighborhood of the Valley of Raphaim, S. of Jerusalem.
Baal Salisa (IV Kings, iv, 42): prob. Kh. Sarisia, 15 m. N.E. of Lydda.
Bahurim (II Kings, iii, 16, etc.), on the slope of Mt. Olivet, poss. Kh. ez-Zambi, or Kh. Buqei’dan.
Bala, 1 (Gen., xiv, 2). See Segor.—2. See Baala 2.
Balaam. See Baalam.
Balaath. See Baalath.
Baloth (Jos., xv, 24; S. Juda), poss. identical with Baalath Beer Ramath. Otherwise unknown.
Bamoth (Num., xxi, 19; Moab). Site unknown, between Diban and Ma’in.
Bamothbaal (Jos., xiii, 17), prob. the same.
Banias. See Caesarea Philippi.
Barach. See Bane.
Barad (Gen., xvi): Umm el-Bared, S.E. of Cades.
Barasa (I Mach., v, 26): Bosra, in the Hauran.
Bascama (I Mach., xiii,23), perh. Tell-Bazuk, in Jolan.
Bascath (Jos., xv, 39; plain of Juda), somewhere around Lachis. Unknown.
Bashan, A.V. for Basan.
Bathuel (I Par., iv, 30; Simeon). See Bethul.
Baziothia (Jos., xv, 28; S. Juda), an unidentified city in the neighborhood of Bersabee—unless the text is corrupt.
Beelmeon. See Baalmeon.
Beelsephon (Ex., xiv, 2); Egypt.: Bali Sapuna. If a mountain, poss. Jebel’ Attaka, S.W. of Suez.
Beer (Num., xxi, 16; D.V.: “the well”), prob. in the Wady Themed, S.S.E. of Madaba.
Beer Elim (Is., xv, 8; D.V.: “the well of Elim”); the same as Beer.
Belamon. See Baal Hamon.
Belma. See Baal Hamon.
Belmen (Judith, iv, 4 omitt. in Vulg.), between Bethoron and Jericho.
Benejaacan (Num., xxxiii, 31), Birein, north of Cades.
Beon (Num., xxxii, 3). See Baalmeon.
Berdan (Gen., xxi, 32; D.V.: “well of oath”), Tell el-Qady, W.S.W. of Bersabee.
Berea (I Mach., ix, 4), commonly identified with El-Bireh.
Beromi (II Kings, xxiii, 31), the same as Bahurim.
Berotha (II Kings, viii, 8), Bereitan, S. of Baalbek.
Besecath (IV Kings, xxii, 1). See Bascath.
Besor, a river S.W. of Gaza, prob. Wady esh-Sheri’a.
Bessur (Jos., xv, 58). See Bethsur.
Betane (Judith, i, 9; omitt. in Vulg.), a name poss. misspelled, points to a place S. of Jerusalem.
Bete (II Kings, viii, 8; I Par., xviii, 8, has Thebath), possibly Tayibeh, on the road from Hamath to Aleppo; or more prob. Tayibeh, S. of Baalbek.
Beten (Jos., xix, 25; Aser): El-Baneh, E. of Acre.
Bethabara. See Bethany Beyond the Jordan.
Bethacad (IV Kings, x,12; D.V.: “shepherd’s cabin”), more prob. a proper name: Beit Qad, betw. Mt. Gelboe and Jenin.
Bethacarem (Jer., vi, 1; II Esd., iii, 14; Juda), also Bethacharam. Unknown; supposed to be some place on the Jebel el-Fureidis, S.E. of Bethlehem.
Bethanan (III Kings, iv, 9; Benjamin), perhaps Beit ‘Arian, W. of Nebi Samwil.
Bethanoth (Jos., xv, 59; mount. of Juda), Kh. Beit-‘Anun, N.E. of Hebron.
Betharaba (Jos., xv, 6, etc.; E. of Juda), unknown; must have been in the neighborhood of Jericho.
Betharam (Jos., xiii, 27). See Betharan.
Beth Arbel (Osee, x, 14; D.V. “the house of him that judgeth Baal”), prob. the same place as Arbella.
Bethaven (Gen., xii, 8): poss. Kh. Haiyan, also called El-Jir, E. of Beitin.—I Kings, xiii, 5, Bethoron should probably be read instead of Bethaven.
Bethazmoth (I Esd., ii, 24). See Azmaveth.
Beth Baal Meon (Moabite Stone, line 30). See Baalmeon.
Bethbessen (I Mach., ix, 62), prob. the same place as Beth Hagla.
Beth Deblathaim (Jer., xlviii, 22; D.V.: “the house of Deblathaim”; Moabite Stone, line 30). See Deblathaim.
Bethemec (Jos., xix, 27; Aser), prob. ‘Amga, N.E. of Acre.
Bether (Cant., ii, 17; mount. of Juda), Kh. Bettir, S.W. of Jerusalem, the last stronghold of the Jewish rebels in the second century.
Beth Esel (Mich, i, 11: D.V. “the house adjoining”), perhaps the same place as Asal (Zach., xiv, 5); some place it E. of Mt. Olivet; some others S. of Jerusalem; some, finally, in the Sephela.
Bethgader (I Par., ii, 51). See Gader.
Bethgamul (Jer., xlviii, 23; Moab), Kh. Jemail, N.E. of Diban.
Beth-Haggan (IV Kings, ix, 27; D.V.: “garden-house”), prob. the same as Engannim, i.e. Jenin.
Beth Hammerhaq (II Kings, xv, 17; D.V. “afar off from the house”) likely the name of some place in the Cedron Valley.
Beth Le ‘aphrah (Mich., i, 10; D.V.: “the house of Dust”), el-Thaiyebeh, N.E. of Beitin.
Beth Leba’oth (Jos., xv, 32), perhaps the same as Bethberai.
Bethmaacha. See Abel.
Bethmaon. See Baalmeon.
Bethnemra (Num., xxxii, 36, etc.), Tell-Nimrin, on the Wady Nimrin.
Bethoron, two cities of Ephraim, about 12 m. N.W. of Jerusalem: Upper Bethoron, Beit `Ur el-Foqa, to the E.; and Lower Bethoron, Beit ‘Ur el-Tahta, to the W.—In I Mach., iv, 29, Bethsur should be read instead of Bethoron.
Bethphalet (Jos., xv, 27; II Esd., xi, 26; S. Juda). Also Bethphelet. Unknown.
Bethpheses (Jos., xix, 21; Issachar), in the neighborhood of Jenin. Unknown.
Bethsames, 1 (Jos., xv, 10, etc.; Dan); also Bethsemes (I Par., vi, 59): ‘Ain-Shems, 15 m. W. of Jerusalem.—2 (Jos., xix, 22; Issachar), possibly ‘Ain esh-Shemsiyeh, S. of Beisan; or Kh. Shemsin, S. of the L. of Tiberias.—3 (Jos., xix, 38; Nephtali), perhaps Kh. Shem’a (?), W. of Safed.
Bethsetta (Judges, vii, 23), possibly Shuttah, N.W. of Beisan.
Bethsimoth. See Bethjesimoth.
Bethsur, Bethsura (Jos., xv, 58, etc.; mount. of Juda), Beit-Sur, N. of Hebron.
Beththaphua (Jos., xv, 53; mount. of Juda), Taffub, W. of Hebron.
Bethzachara (I Mach., vi, 32, 33): Beit-Skaria, S.W. of Bethlehem.
Betomesthaim (Judith, iv, 6; omitt. in Vulg.): Kh. Umm el-Bothmeh, S. of Jenin.
Bosor, 1 (Deut., iv, 43, etc.; Moab. S., 1. 27), prob. Qesur el-Besheir, S.W. of Diban.—2 (I Mach., v, 26, 36), very likely Busr el-Hariri, in the Ledjah.—3 (I Mach., v, 28): Bora in Hauran. See Bostra.
Bosphorus (Abd., 20). So Vulg. and the versions thereof, for Sepharad.
Bosra. 1 (Is., lxiii, 1; Edom): Buseireh, S. of the Dead Sea.—2 (Jos., xxi, 27), mistranslation for Astaroth.—3 (Jer., xlviii, 24): Bosor, 1.
Bubastus (Ezech., xxx, 17), Egypt.: Pi-Beset; Tell el-Basta, N.E. of Cairo.
Cabseel (Jos., xv, 21; S. Juda). Unknown.
Cabul (Jos., xix, 27; Aser): Kabul, S.E. of Acre.
Cademoth (Deut., ii, 26, etc.), also Cedimoth. Seems to have been N. of the Arnon; poss. Umm Ressas.
Canath (Num., xxxii, 42). See Canatha.
Caphara (Jos., ix, 17, etc.; Benjamin), also Caphira, Cephira: Kh. Kefireh, W. of Nebi Samwil.
Capharsalama (I Mach., vii, 31) was likely near Jerusalem. Unknown.
Carcaa (Jos., xv, 3; S. Juda); W. of Cades. Unknown.
Carehim (I Par., xii, 6) is not, as would seem at first sight, a place-name, but a gentile name.
Cariath (Jos., xviii, 28; Benjamin), prob. for Cariathiarim.
Cariathaim, 1 (Gen., xiv, 5, etc.): Qreiyat, 10 m. S.W. of Madaba.—2 (I Par., vi, 76; Nephtali). Unknown. Jos., xxi, 32, has Carthan, instead of Cariathaim.
Cariatharbe. See Hebron.
Cariathbaal. See Cariathiarim.
Cariath Chuzoth (Num., xxii, 39), a place between the Arnon and Bamothbaal. Unidentified.
Cariathiarim (N.W. Juda), also called Cariathbaal, Cariath: Qaryet el-‘Enab, or Abu-Gosh, W. of Jerusalem.
Cariathsenna. (Jos., xv, 49). See Dabir 1.
Cariathsepher (Jos., xv, 15; Judges, i, 12). See Dabir 1.
Carioth, 1 (Jos., xv, 25; S. Juda), rather Carioth Hesron, the birthplace of Judas, “the man of Carioth”: Kh. el-Qureitein, S. of Hebron.—2 (Amos, ii, 2; Jer. xlviii, 24, 41; Moabite Stone, 1. 13; Moab): prob. Er-Rabbah.
Carnaim (I Mach., v, 26, etc.; Transjord.), the same, according to some, as Astarothcarnaim; others identify it with Sheikh-Sa’ad, near Astarothcarnaim.
Carnion (II Mach., xii, 21, 26). Many identify it with Carnaim; some with Qrein, in the Ledjah.
Cartha (Jos., xxi, 34; Zabulon), poss. Kh. Qireh.
Carthan (Jos., xxi, 32), perhaps another name for Cariathaim 2.
Casaloth (Jos., xix, 8; Issachar), most probably the same as Ceseleth-Thabor.
Casbon (I Mach., v, 36), very likely identical with Casphin (II Mach., xii, 13): Khisfin, N. of the Yarmuk, and E. of the L. of Tiberias.
Casphin. See Casbon.
Casphor (I Mach., v, 26), the same as Casbon.
Cateth (Jos., xix, 15; Zabulon), also Cathed, probably to he identified with Cartha.
Cauda (Acts, xxvii, 16; A.V. Clauda), a small island where St. Paul landed after leaving Crete; most probably the island of Gaudo. S. of Crete, although some, though with little reason, would have it to be the island of Gozo, near Malta.
Cedimoth (Jos., xiii, 18). See Cademoth.
Ceila (Jos., xv, 44, etc.; middle of Juda): Kh. Qila, N.W. of Hebron.
Cellon (Judges, ii, 13), perhaps the country watered by the Chalos river (Nahr Kuaik), which flows through Aleppo.
Cenchrae (Acts, xviii, 18; A. V. Cenchrea), seaport of Corinth.
Cenereth, Ceneroth. See Genesareth.
Cenezites, a clan named among the inhabitants of Palestine in patriarchal times (Gen., xv, 19); their original settlements were probably in Mt. Seir (Edom).
Cenneroth. See Genesareth.
Cephira (I Esd., ii, 25; II Esd., vii, 29). See Caphara.
Cerethi (I Kings, xxx, 14, etc.); a tribe settled on the S. border of Canaan, and closely associated with the Philistines. Some think it originated in Crete.
Ceseleth-thabor (Jos., xix, 12): ‘Iksal, W. of Mt. Thabor.
Cesil (Jos., xv, 30), a mistaken form for Bethul. Cesion (Jos., xix. 20; xxi, 28), See Cedes.
Cethlis (Jos., xv, 40; plain of Juda). Unknown.
Chabul (III Kings, ix, 13), name which seems to be ironical: “thorn land”, given by Hiram. King of Tyre, to the twenty cities of Galilee handed over to him by Solomon; these cities very likely belonged to N. Aser and Nephtali.
Chalane (Gen., x, 10, etc.). See Calano.
Chaldee. See Babylonia.
Chale (Gen., x, 11, 12), city in the neighborhood of Ninive; Assyr.: Kalhu or Kalah: Nimrud, at the confluence of the Tigris and the Upper Zab.
Chali (Jos., xix, 25; Aser): prob. Kh. ‘Alya, N.E. of Acre.
Chamaam (Jer., xli, 17), name of a caravanserai in the neighborhood of Bethlehem. Site unidentified.
Chanath (Num., xxxii, 42). See Canatha.
Characa (II Mach., xii, 17; Transjord.). Some: El-Harak, N.W. of Bosra; others: Araq el-‘Emir, also El-Kerak. Perhaps not a proper name.
Charan, 1 (Judges, v, 9; Acts, vii, 2, 4). See Haran.—2 (Tob., xi, 1). The Greek Textus Receptus gives here no place-name. Impossible to determine the true reading.
Charcamis. See Hethites.
Chasphia (I Esd:, viii, 17), town or region inhabited by an important colony of exiled Jews. Unknown.
Chebbon (Jos., xv, 40; Juda): El-Qubeibeh, S.W. of Eleutheropolis.
Chebron (I Mach., v, 65), for HEBRON.
Chelmad (Ezech., xxvii, 23); poss. a town; in that case might be Chelmadeh, near Bagdad; or a region—Carmania; possibly also might be translated “as a disciple.”
Chene (Ezech., xxvii, 23). The Heb. has Kalneh. See Calano.
Cherub (I Esd., ii, 59; II Esd., vii, 61); the complete name was Cherub Addon-Immer. Unknown.
Cheslon (Jos., xv, 10; N.W. Juda). Kesla.
Chobar, a river in “the land of the Chaldeans”, commonly identified with the mod. Chabur; but the names have roots absolutely different, and the position seems unsatisfactory. Perhaps we should see here one of the canals with which Babylonia was seamed, poss. the Nahr Malcha, or King’s Canal, of Nabuchodonosor.
Chorazin, A.V. for Corozain.
Chub (Ezech., xxx, 5). Great divergences exist as to its identification. Some suggest Cobe, near the Indian Ocean; others Chobat, in Mauretania, or Cobion, in Mareotica; both these opinions are most unlikely. It has also been proposed to correct the text and read Lub (Libya); not probable. One Heb. MS. has Kenub (Egypt. Keneb, i.e. S. Egypt). Nothing can be said with certainty.
Chun (I Par., xviii, 8). In the parallel text of II Kings, viii, 8, instead of Chun, we find Berothai. If Chun was a distinct city, it might be recognized in Mina, S.W. of Baalbek.
Chus (Judith, vii, 8; omitt. in Vulg.): poss. Quza, 5 m. S. of Naplus.
Cibsaim (Jos., xxi, 22; Ephraim), perhaps the same as Jecmaam (I Par., vi, 68). Tell el-Qabans, near Bethel, has also been suggested, but the identification is very doubtful.
Cina (Jos., xv, 22; S. Juda). Unknown.
Cineans (Gen., xv, 19, etc.), a clan closely allied to Israel, perhaps also to the Madianites. Its home seems to have been in the S. of Juda; however, we see in Judges, iv, 11, that Heber the Cinean dwelt in the plain of Esdrelon.
Clauda, A.V. for Cauda.
Coa (Ezech., xxiii, 23); Assyr.: Ku (tu) or Gu (tu) per haps the same word as rendered in Hebrew Goyim, Gen. xiv, 1. A country in the neighborhood of Babylonia and Elam. Unidentified.
Corozain (Matt. xi, 21; Luke, x, 13), prob. Kh. Kerazeh, N. of the L. of Tiberias.
Cos (I Mach., xv, 23; Acts, xxi, 1), an island in the Aegean Sea: mod. Stanko.
Culon (Jos., xv, 59, in Greek; omitt. in Heb. and Vulg.; Juda) prob. Qoloniyeh.
Cutha (IV Kings, xvii, 24); cuneif. Gudua, Gudu, Kutu; identif. with Tell Ibrahim, N.E. of Babylon.
Dabereth (Jos., xix, 21, etc.; Zabulon), Deburiyeh, W., and at the foot of Mt. Thabor.
Dabir, 1 (Jos., xi, 22, etc.; S. Juda) the same as Cariathsenna and Cariathsepher; most prob. Darheriyeh, S.S.W. of Hebron.—2 (Jos., xv, 7; N. Juda): poss. Toghret ed-Debr.
Danna (Jos., xv, 49: mount. of Juda). Unknown.
Dathema (I Mach., v, 9; Transjord.), either Er-Remtheh, or El-Hosn, S.W. of the Yarmuk.
Debera (Jos., xv, 7). See Dabir 2.
Deblatha (Ezech., vi, 14), in the land of Emath; prob. the same as Reblatha (Jer., xxxix, 5, 6).
Deblathaim (Jer., xlviii, 22; D.V.: “house of Deblathaim”; Moabite Stone, 1. 30: Diblathan): Ed-Dleilet el-Gharbiyeh (Musil), doubtful.
Delean (Jos., xv, 38; Plain of Juda). Unknown.
Delos (I Mach., xv, 23), an island in the Aegean Sea.
Denaba (Gen., xxxvi, 32; I Par., i, 43; Edom). Unidentified.
Derbe (Acts, xiv, 6, etc.), a town in Lycaonia; not identified.
Dessau (II Mach., xiv, 16; Judea). Unknown.
Dimona (Jos., xv, 22; S. Juda; the same is called, prob. by a copyist’s mistake, Dibon, in II Esd., xi, 25): Kh. et-Teibeh.
Diospolis. Greek name of Lod. See SEBASTE, Diocese of.
Dizahab (Dent., i, 1; D.V. “where there is very much gold”). The name of a station of the Israelites; poss. Ed-Dhejbeh.
Doch (I Mach., xvi, 15): ‘Ain-Duk, N.W. of Jericho.
Dommim. See Phesdommim.
Dothain, Dothan (Gen., xxxvii, 17, etc.), Tell Dothan, betw. Sebastiyeh and Jenin.
Duma (Jos., xv, 52; S. Juda): Kh. Domeh, S.W. of Hebron.
Ecbatana, 1 (I Esd., vi, 2), capital of Major Media: Takti Soleiman.—2. Capital of the kingdom of Cyrus: Hamadan.
Eder (Jos., xv, 21; S. Juda), either Eh. el-‘Adar, or Kh. Umm ‘Adreh.
Edom. See Idumea.
Eglon (Jos., x, 3, etc.; plain of Juda): Kh. ‘Ajlan, W. of Beit-Jibrin.
Ekron, A.V. for Accaron.
Elath (Dent., ii, 8, etc.), seaport on the ‘Aqaba Gulf: mod. ‘Aqaba.
Eleale (Is., xv, 4, etc.; Moab): El-‘Al, N. of Hesban.
Eleph (Jos., xviii, 18; Benjamin). Unknown.
Eleutheropolis (q.v.) Greek name of Beit-Jibrin.
Elmelech (Jos., xix, 26; Aser); Egypt. Retemaraka probably in the neighborhood of Wady el-Malek, a tributary of the Cison (A.V. Kishon).
Elon (Jos., xix, 43; Dan): either Beit-‘Ello, or more prob. ‘Ellin.
Eltecon (Jos., xv, 59; mount. of Juda), Thecue, birthplace of Amos, according to St. Jerome (little prob.). Unidentified.
Eltholad (Jos., xv, 30; S.W. Juda). Unknown.
Elymais (II Mach., ix, 2), not a town, but the prov. Elymais is meant; although a city, poss. Susa, is alluded to in the context.
Emath Suba (II Par., viii, 3), possibly the country of Emath 1.
Emer. See Cherub.
Emmer (I Esd., ii, 59; II Esd., vii, 61). See Cherub.
Emona (Jos., xviii, 24; Benjamin), poss. Kh. Kefr ‘Ana, N. of Beitin.
Enaim (Gen., xxxviii, 14, etc.; plain of Juda), near Odollam; but unknown.
Endor (I Kings, xxviii, 7; Issachar): ‘Endor, S. of Mt. Thabor.
Engallim (Ezech., xlvii, 10): Voss. ‘Ain el-Feshkhah, N.W. shore of the Dead Sea; or Ain Hajlah.
Engannim, 1 (Jos., xv, 34; plain of Juda): perh. Beit el-Jemal.—2 (Jos., xix, 31; xxi, 29; Issachar): Jenin, S. of Zera’in.
Enhadda (Jos., xix, 21; Issachar): prob. Kefr ‘Adan, N.W. of Jenin.
Enhasor (Jos., xix, 37; Nephtali): Kh. Hazireh, W. of L. Huleh.
Ennom (Valley of). See Jerusalem.
Ennon. See Tenon.
Enon. See Enan.
Ephes Dammim (I Kings, xvii,1). See Phesdommim.
Ephra, 1 (Judges, vi, 11, etc.; W. Manasses), birth-place of Gedeon: perhaps Et-Tayebeh, between Mt. Thabor and Beisan.—2 (Jos., xviii, 23; I Kings, xiii, 17, etc.; Benjamin): Et-Tayebeh, N.E. of Beitin.
Ephrata (Gen., xxxv, 16, etc.), surname of Bethlehem, poss. the name of the surrounding region.
Ephrem. See Ephra 2.
Ephron, 1 (Jos., xv, 9). A mountain district on the N. border of Juda, between the spring of Nephtoa and Cariathiarim.—2 (II Par., xiii, 19). See Ephra 2-3. (I Mach., v, 46; II Mach., xii, 27; Transjord.), a city perhaps identical with Gephrus of Polyb. (V. lxx, 12). The site is unknown, but was likely in the Wady el-‘Arab, or the straits of the Sheri ‘at el-Mand-hur.
Erek. See Archi.
Esaan (Jos., xv, 22; mount. of Juda). The text is perhaps corrupt and should be read Samma, as I Par., ii, 43: Es-Samiyah seems to be intended.
Escol. A valley with vineyards and pomegranates near Hebron, prob. the Wady Beit Iskahil, N.W. of the city.
Esdrelon: large plain in the watershed of the Cison (A.V. Kishon).
Esem. See Asem.
Esna (Jos., xv, 43; plain of Juda): ‘Idhnah, between Beit-Jibrin and Hebron.
Esora (Judith, iv, 4; omitt. in Vulg.) seems to be identical with Hasar of Nephtali.
Estaol. See Esthaol.
Esthamo (I Kings, xxx, 28 etc.; mount. of Juda), also Esthemo, Istemo: Es-Semu’a, S. of Hebron.
Etam, 1 (Jos., xv, 60, etc.; mount. of Juda): prob. near ‘Ain ‘Etan, S.W. of Bethlehem, perhaps Kh. el-Khukh.—2 Cave of Etam (Judges, xv, 8), very likely in the neighborhood of Jerrah, poss. the cave of Marmita, near Deir Aban. 3 (I Par., iv, 32; Simeon), Kh. ‘Aitun, S. of Beit-Jibrin.
Ethan (“rivers of”, Ps. Ixxiii [Hebr. lxxiv], 15), probably not a proper name, but the equivalent for “perennial”.
Ether (Jos., xv, 42, etc.; plain of Juda), also Athar. In I Par., iv, 32, instead of Ether we read Thoken. Possibly Kh. el-‘Atr, N.W. of Beit-Jibrin.
Ethroth (Num., xxxii, 35; Transjord.), prob. in the neighborhood of Jebel Attarus, S. of the W. Zerqa Ma’in, in Moab.
Euphrates. See Peratae.
Ezel (I Kings, xx, 19). An unknown conspicuous rock; perhaps the text is corrupt.
Fair Havens, A.V. for Good-havens.
Gaas (Jos., ii, 9; Ephraim) a mountain N. of which was Josue’s tomb: Jebel el-Ghassaneh.
Gabaa, also Gaba, Gabae, Gabee, Geba, 1 (Jos., xviii, 24, etc.; Benjamin): Jeba’, N.E. of Jerusalem.—2 (Jos., xv, 57, etc.; mount. of Juda): poss. Jeba’a, S.W. of Bethlehem.—3 (Judges, xix, 20, etc.; Benjamin): poss. Tell el-Ful, or Kh. es-Sikkeh.—4 (Judith, iii, 14; Samaria): perh. Jeba’, S. of Tell Dothan.
Gabaa of Benjamin. Gabaa 3.
Gabaa of Saul. Gabaa 3.
Gabae (Jos., xxi, 17). See Gabaa 3.
Gabee (Jos., xviii, 24; I Par., vi, 60). See Gabaa 3.
Gabim (Is., x, 31), wrongly interpreted as a proper name: seems to mean houses scattered in the country, outside of villages.
Gader (Jos., xii, 13; S. Palestine), identical with Bethgader, I Par., ii, 51; also identified by some with Gedor; by others with Gedera. Otherwise unknown.
Gaderoth (Jos., xv, 41; II Par., xxviii, 18; plain of Juda), poss. Qatrah, S.E. of Yebna (doubtful).
Gadgad (Num., xxxiii, 32; D.V.: Mount Gadgad), is not a mountain; the Wady Ghadhaghydh, S. of Qureiyeh, on the road from ‘Ain Kedeis to the ‘Aqaba Gulf, has been proposed, and the identification does not lack probability.
Gador (Jos., xv, 58; mount. Of Juda): Jedur.
Galgal, Galgala, 1. Place of the encampment of the Israelites in the Ghor, commonly recognized in Tell Jeljul, E. of Jericho.—2 (Jos., xii, 23; I Mach., ix, 2), a Canaanite royal city: Jiljuliyeh, N.E. of Jaffa, or Qalqiliyeh, a little to the N.—3 (IV Kings, ii, 1, etc.) Jiljiliya, between Beitin and Naplus.
Gallim, 1 (Jos., xv, 59; omitt. in Heb. and Vulg.) Belt Jala, between Bettir and Bethlehem.—2 (I K., xxv, 44; Is., x, 30; Benjamin) Kh. el-‘Adase, or Beit Leja, N. of Jerusalem.—3 (Is., xv, 8; Moab) Unknown; located by the Onomasticon 8 m. S. of Areopolis.
Gamzo (II Par., xxviii, 18): Jimzu, S.E. of Lydda.
Gareb (Jer., xxxi, 39), a hill in or near Jerusalem. From the text it would seem the Jebel Neby Daud is intended; many, however, identify it with J. Abu Tor.
Garizim, mountain in the neighborhood of Sichem: J. et-Tor, S. of Naplus.
Gaulon (Jos., xx, 8, etc.; E. Manasses), also Golan: probably Sahem el-Jolan, N. of the Wady el-Ehreir.
Gazara (I Mach., vii, 45 etc.), later name for Gazer 1.
Gazer, 1. Tell Jezer, S. of Lydda.—2. See Jazer.
Gazera (I Par., xiv, 16). See Gazer 1.
Geba. See Gabaa 1.
Gebal. See Byblos.
Gebbar (I Esd., ii, 20), for Gabaon.
Gebbethon. See Gabathon.
Gedera (Jos., xv, 36; Sephela) poss. Kh. Jedireh, S.E. of Lydda, or Qatra, S.E. of Jabneh.
Gederothaim (Jos., xv, 36), poss. another reading for Gedera.
Gedor, 1 (Jos., xv, 58; mount. of Juda) Kh. Jedhur, between Bethlehem and Hebron.—2 (I Par., xii, 7) Perhaps Gedor 1.—3 (I Par., iv, 39) Unknown. Some think Gerara is intended.—4 (I Mach., xv, 39). See Cedron 1.
Genesar. See Genesareth.
Gerara (Gen., x, 19, etc.). A city on the S.W. border of Palestine, commonly identified with Kh. Umm Jerar, S. of Gaza.
Gerisim, A.V. for Garizim.
Gessen. Region in Lower Egypt, between the Pelusian arm of the Nile and the wilderness.
Gessur (I Kings, xxvii, 8, etc.), a region the location of which is much disputed. Some think it to have been in the S. of Palestine (Cheyne); others locate it in the N. Jolan, even in the Ledjah.
Gethaim (II Kings, iv, 3; II Esd., xi, 33; in or near Benjamin), identified by some with Ramleh.
Gethremmon, 1 (Jos., xix, 45, etc.; Dan) possibly identical with Gethaim.—2 (Jos., xxi, 25; W. Manasses;—I Par., vi, 70, Heb. 55, Balaam). If the text of Jos. be preferred, Gethremmon might possibly be Kefr Rumman, N .W. of Sebastiyeh.
Gezer, Gezeron. See Gazer.
Gibeon, A.V. for Gabaon.
Gideroth. See Gaderoth.
Gihon. See Jerusalem.
Gilo (Jos., xv, 51; mount. of Juda), birthplace of Achitophel; unlikely supposed by some to be Kh. JAM, or Beit Jala, near Bethlehem; really unknown.
Gnidus (I Mach., xv, 23; Acts, xxvii, 7), a city in Caria.
Gob (II Kings, xxi, 18-19). Unknown. Perhaps the text is corrupt.
Golan. See Gaulon.
Golgotha. See Jerusalem.
Gomorrha (Gen., xiv, 2, etc.), a city of the Pentapolis. Site unknown.
Good-havens (Acts, xxvii, 8), Kalo Limniones, E. of C. Matala, on the S. coast of Crete.
Gortyne (I Mach., xv, 23), a city in Crete.
Gosen (Jos., xv, 51; mount. of Juda). Unknown.
Gullath (Judges, i, 15; D.V. “the Upper and the Nether watery ground”); proper names, poss. referring to Sell ed-Dilbeh.
Gurbaal (II Par., xxvi, 7): Tell el-Ghur, N. of Bersabee.
Hachila (I Kings, xxiii, 19, etc.), a hill on the S. of the wilderness of Ziph (Juda): might be Dahr el-Kola, although the identification is by no means certain.
Hadassa (Jos., xv, 37; plain of Juda), perh. ‘Ebdis, or ‘Eddis, E. of Ascalon.
Hadid (I Esd., ii, 33), identical with Adiada.
Hadrach (Zach., xi, 1); Assyr.: Hatarika, Hataraka, a town in Syria; unknown.
Hai, 1 (A. V. Gen., xii, 8, etc.), prob. Kh. Haiyan, E. of Beitin.—2 (Jer., xlix, 3), prob. an Ammonite city. Unknown.
Halcath (Jos., xix; 25; xxi, 31): Yerka, N.E. of Acre.
Halhul (Jos., xv, 58; mount. of Juda): Halhul, N. of Hebron, near Beit Sur.
Hammoth Dor (Jos., xxi, 32). See Hamon 1.
Hanathon (Jos., xix,14;N. Zabulon): perh .Kefr’Anan.
Hanes (Is., xxx, 4), Egypt. Hininsu; Assyr.: Hiniinshi: a city in the Delta of the Nile, prob. Heracleopolis Parva of the classics: Abnas el-Medineh.
Haran. A town in Mesopotamia: Assyr.: Harranu, on the river Belikh, a confluent of the Euphrates.
Hares (Judges, i, 35). The exact name is doubtful; moreover Hares is equivalent to Shemesh (Sun); hence Har Heres, ‘Ir Shamesh, and Beth Shamesh might be three forms of one name, After all, the name might not indicate a hill, but a village: ‘Ain Shems.
Harma. See Horma 1.
Hasarsuhal (Jos., xv, 28 etc.; S. Juda). Unknown.
Haserim (Dent., ii, 23), a common name meaning “the villages”: Arab. Dwar.
Hasersual. See Hasarsuhal.
Hasersusa. See Hasarsusim.
Hassemon (Jos., xv, 27; S. Juda). Unknown.
Havoth Jair. A group of cities E. of the Jordan in Galaad, Argob, and Basan.
Hebal, a mountain in the Ephraim range, N. of Naples, over against Mt. Garizim: Jebel Slimah.
Helam (II Kings, x, 16, 17), an unknown Ammonite city.
Helba (Judges, i, 31). See Ahalab.
Helcath. See Halcath.
Heleph (Jos., xix, 33; Nephtali), poss. Beit Lif, half-way between L. Huleh and the sea.
Heliopolis. See Baalbek.
Helmondeblathaim. See Deblathaim.
Helon, 1 (I Par., vi, 58, Heb. 43, Gr. 57). See Holon.—2 (I Par., vi, 69, Heb, 54), for Aialon.—3 (Jer., xlviii, 21; Ruben). Unknown.
Hemath (I Par., xviii, 3, 9). See Emath.
Herma. See Horma 1.
Hermon. Mountain range on the N. border of Israel: Jebel el-Sheikh, or J. et-Telj.
Hesebon (Num., xxi, 26, etc.; Moab). Hesban.
Heser (III Kings, ix, 15), the same as Asor 1.
Heshbon, A.V. for Hesebon.
Hesron, 1 (Jos., xv, 3; S. Juda), prob. some Hasar. Unidentified.—2 (Jos., xv, 25). See Asor 3.
Hevites. One of the petty clans of Canaanites dispossessed by Israel and the Philistines. The Gabaonites were Hevites.
Hevilah, Hevilath. Country watered by the Phison. Unknown.
Hieromax, Greek name of the Sheri’at el-Menadhireh, or Yarmuk.
Hirsemes. See Bethsames.
Hoba (Gen., xiv, 15), N. of Damascus; the identifications proposed are very unsatisfactory.
Hodsi (II Kings, xxiv, 6), probably a copyist’s mistake for Cedes.
Holon (Jos., xv, 51; xxi, 15; mount. of Juda). Unknown.
Hor, 1. A mountain by which Israel had their encampment in the desert, and the place of Aaron‘s death; commonly identified with Jebel Nebi Harun, S.W. of Petra, a most unlikely location; must be looked for in the neighborhood of Cades, possibly Jebel Mueileh, N.W. of Cades.—2. According to common interpretation, another mountain at the N. limit of the Promised Land, and variously identified, although the Jebel esh-Shuqif seems to be the most suitable location; perhaps not a proper name, but an expression to be translated: “the rising up of the mountain”, i.e. S. Lebanon.
Horem (Jos., xix, 38; Nephtali), Kh. el-Hurah, W. of L. Huleh.
Hosa (Jos., xix, 29; Aser. text doubtful), poss. Ezziyat, S. of Tyre.
Hucac. See Halcath.
Hus (Job. i. 1; Jer., xxv, 20; Lam., iv, 21; perhaps different regions are intended). From what may be gathered concerning the “land of Hus” in Job, it was in Arabia, N. of Saba, W. of Chaldea, N. of Edom. See Job.
Iconium (q.v.), in Lycaonia: Konieh.
Ijeabarim (Num., xxi, 11; xxxiii, 44), station of the Israelites in Moab Kh ‘Ai, S. E. of Kerak.
India (Esth. i, 1) the region on the right bank of the Indus.—2. The text (I Mach., viii, 8) seems to be at fault, and should perhaps be read Ionia.
Islands, refers to the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.
Jabes (I Par., ii, 55; Juda). Unknown.
Jabes Galaad (I Kings, xi, 1 etc.), poss. Ed-Deir near which there is a Wady Yabis.
Jabnia (II Par., xxvi, 6). See Jamnia.
Jaboc: Nahr es-Zerqa, between the regions called Belqa and ‘Ajlun, E. of the Jordan.
Jachanan (Jos., xii, 22), an unknown place about Mt. Carmel.
Jagur (Jos., xv, 21; S. Juda). Unknown.
Jamnia (I Mach., xiv, 15, etc.), a town of the Sephela: Yebna.
Janum (Jos., xv, 53; mount. of Juda), poss. Beni Nairn, E. of Hebron.
Jaramoth (Jos., xxi, 29; Issachar), called Ramoth in I Par., vi, 73, Heb. 58). Unidentified.
Jarephel (Jos., xviii, 27; Benjamin): Raphat, N. of El-Jib.
Jasa (Num., xxi, 23; Jer., xlviii, 21; Moab. S., l. 19); Onomasticon: “between Madaba and Dibon“: Umm el-Walid (? Musil).
Jazer (Num., xxxii, 1, etc.; Transjord.), prob. Kh. Sax., W. of Amman.
Jeabarim (Num., xxi, 11, etc.). See Ijeabarim.
Jecmaam (I Par., vi, 68, Heb. 53), also Jecmaan (III Kings, iv, 12). In the parallel list of Jos., xxi, 22, Cibsaim is to be found. Text doubtful.
Jecthel (Jos., xv, 38; Sephela). Unknown.
Jehoshaphat, A.V. for Josaphat.
Jephtha (Jos., xv, 43; plain of Juda). An unidentified place, S.E. of Beit Jibrin.
Jerimoth (Jos., x, 23, 35; Sephela): Kh. Yarmuk, 6 m. N.N.E. of Beit Jibrin.
Jeron (Jos., xix, 38; Nephtali): Yarun, W. of L. Huleh.
Jesania (III Kings, xv, 17): ‘Ain Siniya, N. of Beitin. Perhaps should be read also instead of Sen, I Kings, vii, 12.
Jesse (Judith, i, 9), for Gessen.
Jesue (II Esd., xi, 26; S. Juda): Kh. Sa’weh, E. of Bersabee.
Jeteba (IV Kings, xxi, 19), birthplace of Messalemeth, Manasses‘ wife, prob. in Juda, but unknown.
Jethela (Jos., xix, 42; Dan): Beit Tul, S.E. of Yalo.
Jethnam (Jos., xv, 23; S. Juda). Unknown.
Jethson (Jos., xxi, 36). So Vulg., prob. by mistake; in other texts, Cademoth.
Jim (Jer., xxvi, 18; S. Juda): perh. Beit ‘Awwa, not far from Bersabee.
Jucadam (Jos., xv, 56; mount. of Juda): apparently S.E. of Hebron. Unidentified.
Labanath (Jos., xix, 26), is separated in Vulg. from preceding word, to which it should be joined: Sihor Labanath. See Sihor.
Lacedemon (II Mach., v, 9). See Sparta.
Lahela (I Par., v, 26), a mistake for “to Hala”, a region of Assyria.
Lahem (I Par., iv, 22; the text is not clear). Unknown.
Laisa (Is., x, 30; I Mach., ix, 5): Kb. Q’aqul, W. of ‘Anata
Laodicea. (Col., ii, 1, etc.; q.v.).
Lebaoth (Jos., xv, 32). See Beth Leba 6th.
Lebona (Judges, xxi, 19): El-Lubban, S. of Naplus.
Lehi (Judges, xv, 17; D.V. “jawbone”): Kh. ‘Ain el-Lehi has been proposed, but is very doubtful; the above Arab name seems to be rather Ain ‘Allek.
Lecum (Jos., xix, 33; Nephtali), site unknown, probably in the neighborhood of L. Huleh.
Leheman (Jos., xv, 40; plain of Juda), Kh. el-Lalim, S. of Beit Jibrin.
Lesa (Gen., x, 19), poss. Callirrhoe (St. Jerome): Hammam ez-Zerqa, of the Dead Sea.
Lobna (Jos., xxi, 13), the same as Lebna 2.
Lod (I Par., viii, 12, etc.): El-Ludd. See Sebaste.
Lodabar (II Kings, ix, 4, etc.; Transjord.) Greek has Daibon: text unsettled.
Luith (Is., xv, 5; Jer., xlviii, 5; Moab): Kh. Fas (Musil); Nuchin (de Saulcy); hardly identified.
Lyda (I Mach., xi, 34), Lydda (Acts, ix, 32, etc.). Lod.
Maara of the Sidonians (Jos., xiii, 4): possibly “the cave” of Jezzin, about 9 m. E. of Sidon; but the text seems corrupt and should perhaps be read: “from Gaza to Sidon”.
Macces (III Kings, iv, 9; Dan). Unknown.
Maceda (Jos., x, 10, etc.), poss. El-Mughar, in the neighborhood of Accaron.
Machbena (II Par., ii, 49), prob. the same as Chebbon.
Machmethath (Jos., xvi, 7, etc., limit of Ephraim and W. Manasses), perhaps not a city, but a region, poss. the Plain of El-Makhnah (Guthe).
Madon (Jos., xi, 1, etc.) perh. should be read Maron; poss. Kh. Madin, W. of Tiberias, or Meiron, N.W. of Safed.
Magala (I Kings, xvii, 20; xxvi, 57), wrongly interpreted by Vulg. as a proper name; means a fenced encampment.
Magdal, 1 (Ex., xiv, 2, etc.): perh. Serapeum.—2 (Jer., xiiv, 1, etc.) perh. the same; poss. Tell es-Semut, near Pelusium.
Magdalel (Jos., xix, 38; Nephtali): poss. El-Mejdel; according to the Onomasticon, Athlit.
Magdalgal (Jos., xv, 37; Sephela), Assyr.: Magdilu; either El-Mejdel, near Ascalon, or El-Mejeleh, S. of Beit Jibrin.
Mageth (I Mach., v, 26, 36; Transjord.): prob. Kh. el-Mukatiyeh, W. of the confluence of the Ruqqad and the Yarmuk.
Magron, 1 (I Kings, xiv, 2), prob. a common name indicating the top of the hill on the slope of which Jeba’ is built.—2 (Is., x, 28): poss. Makrun, N.W. of Mikhmas.
Mahanaim: Kh. Mahneh, S.W. of Hauran, in the Jebel ‘Ajlun, N. of the Jaboc.
Mallos (II Mach., iv, 30), a city of Cilicia.
Maresa, a city in the Sephela; the name is preserved in Kh. Maresh, near Beit Jibrin; the site was prob. in Tell Sandahanna, a little S.E. of Kh. Maresh.
Mareth (Jos., xv, 59: mount. of Juda), poss. Beit Ummar, S.S.W. of Bethlehem.
Maroth (Mich., i, 12). Unknown, although some deem it to be identical with Mareth.
Masal (Jos., xix, 26 etc.; Aser): perh. Khan Mithiliya, S.W. of Mt. Carmel.
Masaloth (I. Mach., ix, 2). prob. a common name meaning “the steps”—i.e. the steps of the caves of Arbella.
Masepha (Jos., xv, 38; Sephela): Tell es-Safiyeh, 7 m. N.W. of Beit Jibrin.
Maserephoth (Jos., xi, 8; xiii, 6). Unknown. Perhaps ‘Ain Musherfi, on the Mediterranean shore, S. of Ras en-Nagfira.
Maspha, Masphath, 1. Of Benjamin: site much disputed; Sha’fat, Nebi Samwil, El-Direh, and Tell Nasbeh, all N. of Jerusalem, have been proposed with more or less probability.—2.Of Galaad: see Ramoth Galaad.—3. Of Juda: prob. Tell es-Safiyeh.—4. Of Moab (I Kings, xxxii, 3, 4). Unknown.
Masreca (Gen., xxxvi, 36; I Par., i, 47), N. of Idumea.
Matthana. Station of the Israelites in their journey through Moab; possibly Mechatta.
Meddin (Jos., xv, 61; wilderness of Juda). Unknown.
Mejarcon (Jos., xix, 46; Dan), poss. the Nahr el-‘Aujeh, betw. Joppe and Arecon.
Melita, A.V. for Malta (q.v.).
Melothi (Judith, ii, 3, Vulg. only), perhaps Melitine of Cappadocia.
Mephaath (Jos., xiii, 18): Nef’a, S.S.E. of Amman.
Merom (Waters of). Lake Huleh.
Meroz (Judges, v, 23): poss. El-Mahruneh, between Dothan and Ki batiyeh; or El-Milrasas, near Beisan.
Merrha (Bar., iii, 23). Unknown. Perhaps we should read Madian.
Messa (Gen., x, 30), in Arabia. Unknown.
Misor (Jos., xxi, 36), not found in the Hebr.; poss. a mistake.
Mitylene (Acts, xx, 14), in the island of Lesbos: Metelin.
Mochona (II Esd., xi, 28; Juda): Kh. el-Moqenna.
Moresheth Gath (Mich., i, 1, etc.), birthplace of Micheas, E. of Eleutheropolis. Unidentified.
Mosel (Ezech., xvii, 19). As such, not a proper name; should be understood: “from Uzal”.
Naaratha, (Jos., xvi, 7; E. Ephraim), poss. Tell Tahtani, N. of Jericho.
Naas (I Par., iv, 12; Juda), perh. Deir Nahas, N. E. of Beit Jibrin.
Naasson (Tob., i, 1), prob. Aser 2.
Naim (Luke, vii, 11): Nain, on the N.W. slope of the Jebel Dahy.
Naioth (I Kings, xix, 18, etc.), “in Ramatha“. Otherwise unknown.
Neapolis (Acts, xvi, 11; xx, 6), a city in Macedonia: Kavalla.
Neballat (II Esd., xi, 34): Beit Nebala, N. of Lydda.
Nebo, 1 Mountain N. of Moab: Jebel Neba.—2 (Num., xxxii, 3; Moabite Stone, 1. 14), a town about the Jebel Neba.
Nebsan (Jos., xv, 62; desert of Juda, near the Dead Sea). Unknown.
Neceb (Jos., xix, 33, in the Vulg.; Nephtali). See Adami.
Nehiel (Jos., xix, 27; Aser). Some: Kh. Yanin, E. of Acre; others: Mi’ar.
Nemrim (Is., xv, 6; Jer., xlviii, 34): Wady Nemeira, S.E. of the Dead Sea; there is a Kh. Nemeira.
Nesib (Jos., xv, 43; Sephela): Beit Nasib, E. of Eleutheropolis.
Netupha (I Par., ii, 54, etc.; Juda): prob. Belt Nettif, N.E. of Eleutheropolis.
Nicopolis (Titus, iii, 12), a city in Epirus: Paleoprevyza.
Nineveh, A.V. for Ninive.
Noa (Jos., xix, 23; Zabulon). Unknown.
Nobe, 1 (Judges, viii, 11; Transjord.). Unknown.—2 (I Kings, xxi, 1, etc.). See Nob.—3 (Num., xxxii, 42). See Canath.
Nophe (Num., xxi, 30; Moab): text doubtful.
Nopheth (Jos., xvii, 11), a town, according to Vulg.; the clause should be rendered: “three villages”.
Odollam: prob. Kh. ‘Aid el-Mieh; the cave is near the summit of the S. hill. See Adullam.
Ophel (II Par., xxvii, 3), a part of Jerusalem.
Opher (IV Kings, xiv, 25). See Gethhepher.
Ophni (Jos., xviii, 24); Benjamin: perhaps Jifneh, N.W. of Beitin.
Oronaim (Is., xv, 5; Jer., xlviii, 3, etc.; Moabite Stone, 1. 32): Wady Ghuweir (Conder): would seem rather S. of the Arnon.
Orontes, great river of Syria: Nahr el-‘Asi.
Orthosias (q. v.—I Mach., xv, 37).
Ozensara (I Par., vii, 24): perhaps Beit Sira, W. S. W. of Lower Bethoron.
Paros. I Par., xxix, 2; Etsth., i, 6, speak of “marble of Paros”; but this is not to be found in the original; only “white stone”.
Patara (Acts, xxi, 1-3), a city in Lycia: Jelemish.
Pelusium (Ezech., xxx, 15, 16); Copt.: Peremun, Pelusau, a city N.E. of the Delta of the Nile, on the branch called, after the name of the city, Pelusiac: Sa el-Haggar.
Pentapolis. Region of the five cities: Sodom, Gomorrha, Adama, Seboim, in the Valley of Siddim.
Perge (Acts, xii, 13), second city of the prov. of Pamphilia: Murtana.
Persepolis. Whether it is spoken of in II Mach., xix, 2, is doubtful.
Phanuel (Gen., xxxii, 30, etc.; Transjord.), Egypt.: Penualu; on the banks of the Jaboc. Site uncertain.
Phara (I Mach., ix, 50): the text seems uncertain; perhaps the same as Pharaton.
Pharan. General term to designate the wilderness between Sinai and Palestine.
Pharphar, river of Damascus: Nahr el ‘Awaj.
Phasga. Whether this is a common or a proper name is doubtful. At any rate, it indicates a place connected with Mt. Nebo, prob. Ras Siaghah, W. and at a very short distance of the Jebel Neba.
Phau (Gen., xxxvi, 39; I Par., i, 50): Phau’ara has been proposed.
Phesdommim (I Kings, xvii, 11; I Par., xi, 13): poss. Damim, on the road from Jerusalem to Beit Jibrin, N. of Shiiweikeh.
Phithom, a town in Lower Egypt: Tell el-Maskhitta, W. of Lake Timsalh.
Phogor, 1 Mountain N. of the Abarim range, variously identified: El-Mareighat, Tell-Mataba, El-Benat.—2 See Bethphogor.—3 (Jos., xv, 60, Greek): one of the 11 cities added in the Greek to the list of the Hebrew: Kh. Beit Foghur, S.W. of Bethlehem.
Ptolemais (I Mach., xii, 48, etc.): Greek name of Acre.
Puteoli (Acts, xxviii, 13), a seaport near Naples: Pozzuoli.
Qir Moab (Is., xv, 1; D. V.: “the wall of Moab”), a proper name: Kerak.
Qir Heres (Is., xvi, 7, etc.; D.V.: “brick walls”; Moabite Stone, 1, 3). See Qir Moab.
Rabboth (Jos. xix, 20; Issachar): Raba, 7 m. S.E. of Jenin.
Rachal (I Kings, xxx, 29; Septuag.: “in Carmel“). A city in S. Juda; the text, however, is doubtful, and several commentat. prefer the Greek reading.Ragau (Judith, i, 5, 15): a prov. in Media.
Rages (Tob., i, 14, etc.): principal city in Ragau: Rai, S.E. of Teheran.
Rama, 1 Of Aser: prob. Ramia, E. of Tyre.—2 Of Benjamin Er-Ram, 5 m. N. of Jerusalem.—3 Of Galaad. See Ramoth Galaad.—4 Of Nephtali: Rameh, 6 m. S.W. of Safed. See Arama.—5 Of Samuel. Some: Ram-Allah, 3 m. S.W. of Beitin; others: Beit Rima, 13 m. E.N.E. of Lydda; others: Ramleh; more probably Rentis, W. of Beit Rima.—6 Of Simeon: possibly Kubbet el-Baul, S. of Hebron.
Ramatha, birthplace of Samuel. See Rama 5.
Raphaim, 1 Generic term designating the early population of Palestine: the Emim, Enacim, Horim, Zuzim, were Raphaim.—2 (Valley of). A valley which seems to have been S. of Jerusalem, perh. the plain El-Begei’a.
Raphon (I Mach., v, 37; Transjord.): poss. Er-Rafe, E. of the Jerb el-Ijajj.
Rebla, 1 (Num., xxxiv, 11): N. boundary of Israel; its site is much disputed: ‘Arbin, N.E. of Damascus; Rebleh, between Baalbek and Homs; Halibna or Zor Ramlieh being proposed, the latter with perhaps more probability.—2 Also called
Reblatha (IV Kings, xxv, 6, etc.): Rebleh, in the Bega’a.
Recem (Jos., xviii, 27; Benjamin). Unidentified.
Recha (I Par., iv, 12). Unknown.
Rechoboth (Gen., xxxvi, 37), a well near Bersabee: Naqb er-Reba’i (?).
Rephidim, A.V. for Raphidim.
Resen (Gen., x, 12), one of the four cities which made up Greater Ninive: poss. Selamlyeh.
Rethma (Num., xxxiii, 18), another station in the same neighborhood. Unknown.
Rhegium (Acts, xxvii, 40): Reggio di Calabria.
Rhodes (q. v.—I Mach., xv, 23; Acts, xxi, 1).
Rogelim. (II Kings, xvii, 27, etc.; Galaad). Unknown.
Rohob, 1 (Num., xiii, 22, etc.), in the neighborhood of Caesarea Philippi: poss. Hibbariyeh.—2 (Jos., xix, 23; Aser): prob. Tell er-Rahlb, at a short distance from Sidon.—3 (Jos., xix, 30; Judges, i, 31), near the Sea and the Cison. Unknown.
Saarim (Jos., xv, 36; S. Simeon): prob. identical with Sarohen.
Sabama (Jos., xiii, 19; Ruben): poss. Shanab, N.W. of Hesban.
Sabee (Jos., xix, 2; Simeon); text not certain.
Sachacha (Jos., xv, 61; desert of Juda): prob. Kh. es-Sikkheh.
Salebim (Jos., xix, 42, etc.; Dan): Kh. Selbit, N.W. of Yalo.
Salecha (Dent., iii, 10, etc.; E. limit of Basan): Salkhad, S. of Jebel Hauran.
Salmone (Acts, xxvii, 7), a promontory at the N.E. end of Crete: C. Sidero.
Sama (Jos., xix, 2; S. Juda): perhaps Saba should be read; might be Tell es-Seba’, E. of Bersabee.
Samothracia, an island in the Aegean Sea, S. of the Coast of Thracia, N.W. of Troas.
Sanan (Jos., xv, 37; Sephela): perhaps the same city as indicated in Mich., i, 11 (D.V.: “pass away”): Senan.
Sanir. Name given to Mt. Hermon by the Amorrheans.
Saphon (Jos., xiii, 27; Gad). Some: El-Hammeh; others: Tell Amateh, N. of the Jaboc.
Saraim (Jos., xv, 36; plain of Juda): Kh. Sa`ireh, N.E. of Zane’a.
Sardis (Apoc., iii, 1), principal city of Lycia.
Sareda. Prob. Sarthan.
Sarion. Name given by the Sidonians to Mt. Hermon.
Sarthan, Sarthana (Jos., iii, 16, etc.): poss. Qarn Sartabeh, W. of the Jordan, S. of the Wady Far’a.
Seboim, 1 (Gen., x, 19, etc.). A city of the Pentapolis.—2 (I Kings, xiii, 18). A valley leading from the Ghor to the heights of Machmas (Benjamin): Wady Abu duba’, which debouches into the Wady el-Kelt.
Sechrona (Jos., xv, 11; N. Juda): Kh. Sukereir (?).
Sedada (Num., xxxiv, 8): prob. Kh. Serada, E. of the Merj ‘Aiyan.
Seir, 1 (Gen., xxxvi, 8, etc.) practically synonymous with Edom: the mountainous region between the S. end of the Dead Sea, the Wady el-Emaz and the Wady Ar’arah.—2 (Jos., xv, 10), a point defining the limit of Juda, S.W. of Cariathiarim.
Seira (IV Kings, viii, 21; Edom), poss. Ez-Zitweireh, W. of the S. end of the Dead Sea.
Seirath (Judges, iii, 26), likely in the hill-country of Ephraim, and not far from Galgala. Site unknown.
Seleucia (q.v.—I Mach., xi, 8; Acts, xiii, 4).
Selim (Jos., xv, 32; S. Juda), prob. the same as Sarohen.
Selmon, 1 (Judges, ix, 48): prob. Sheikh Selman, S.W. of Mt. Garizim.—2 (Ps. lxviii, 14): the text is not altogether certain; perhaps the Asalmanus of Ptolemy: Jebel Hauran.
Sene (I Kings, xiv, 4), one of two conspicuous rocks on the way from the Wady Siweinit, which seems to have retained the name, to Machmas.
Sennaar: prob. Upper and Lower Babylonia.
Sensenna (I Par., iv, 31); Jos., xix, 5, has Hasersusa, prob. identical.
Seon (Jos., xix, 19; Issachar): ‘Ayiln esh-Sha’in (?), N.W. of Mt. Thabor.
Sephaath (Judges, i, 17; S. Juda): prob. Sbaite. Sephama (Num., xxxiv, 10, 11), N. limit of the Holy Land; prob. (Mani, S.E. of Baniyas.
Sephamoth (I Kings, xxx, 28; S. Juda), near Aroer. Unknown.
Sephar (Gen., x, 30), limit of the country of the sons of Jectan, commonly identified with Zaphar, in S. Arabia.
Sepharad (Abd., 20; D.V.: “Bosphorus”): some prov. in the Persian empire.
Sephata (II Par., xiv, 9-10: text unsettled. Some: Tell es-Safiyeh; others: a valley near Maresa; others, with Sept. “northwards”.
Sephet (Tob., i, 1; Aser): poss. Safed, in Upper Galilee.
Ser (Jos., xix, 35; Nephtali). Unknown.
Sesach (Jer., xxv, 26; li, 41), cryptographic name of Babylon, according to the system called the Athbash (i.e.: Aleph=Than; Beth=Shin; etc.).
Siceleg (Jos., xv, 31, etc.; S. Simeon): prob. Kh. Zuheiliqa, N. of the Wady esh-Sheri`a.
Sichar (John, iv, 5), very prob. Sahel ‘Askar, E. of Naplus.
Side (I Mach., xv, 23), a city on the coast of Pamphilia: Eski Adalia.
Silo (Jos. xviii, 1, etc. Ephraim). A famous place of worship of the Israelites in early times; the Ark of the Covenant was kept there until the last days of Heli. Silo was situated “on the N. of the city of Bethel, and on the E. side of the way that goeth from Bethel to Sichem, and on the S. of the city of Lebona” (Judges, xxi, 19): Seilun. See Ark.
Sior (Jos., xv, 44; mount. of Juda): Sa’ir, N.N.E. of Hebron.
Sis (II Par., xx, 16), a steepy passage from Engaddi up to the desert above: prob. Wady Ilasasa.
Sobal (Judith, iii, 1, 14; Ps. lix, 2), for Soba.
Sorec (Judges, xvi, 4, etc.), a valley famous in the story of Samson; prob. the Wady es-Sarar; the name has been preserved in the neighboring Kh. Süriq.
Sual (I Kings, xiii, 17), a place which seems to have been in the N. of Benjamin.
Sunam, Sunem (Jos., xix, 18, etc.; Issachar): Sunm, at the foot of Jebel Daily, 4 m. N. of Zera`in.
Taberah (A.V.). See Qibroth Hatthawah.
Taphua, 1 (Jos., xv, 34; Sephela). Unknown.—2 (Jos., xii, 17): “between Bethel and Epher”. Unidentified.—3 (Jos., xvi, 8, etc.), on the borders of Ephraim and Manasse, perh. the same as Taphua 2.
Tebbath (Judges, vii, 22), a city in the Ghor, near Abelmehula. Unidentified.
Telaim (I Kings, xv, 4; D.V.: “as lambs”): prob. Telem.
Telem (Jos., xv, 24; S. Juda), S. of Tell el-Milk, there is a tribe of Arabs whose name, Dhallam, bears analogy with the present Biblical name; moreover, all the district of Molada is called Tulam (Schwartz), possibly also a relic of the old name.
Terebinth (Valley of; I Kings, xvii, 2, etc.): between Socho and Azeca, most prob. Wady es-Sant.
Thacasin (Jos., xix, 13; Zabulon): possibly Corozain.
Thalassa (Acts, xxvii, 8), a city in Crete, near Good-havens.
Thalassar (Is., xxxvii, 12), a region in W. Mesopotamia, prob. along the Euphrates, between Balis and Birejik.
Thaleha (Jos., xix, 7, Septuag.), for Ether.
Thamar (Ezech., xlvii, 19; xlviii, 28): poss. Thamara of the classics, and Thamaro of the Peutinger Table, on the road from Hebron to Elath.
Thamna, 1 (Judges, xiv, 1, 25; Benjamin) Kh. Tibneh, W. of ‘Ain Shems.—2 (Gen., xxxviii, 12-14; Jos., xv, 57; N. Juda); Assyr.: Tamna; perh. Tibneh, N.W. of Jeba’a; more prob. Tibnah, S.E. of DeirAba,n.
Thamnata (I Mach., ix, 50), between Bethel and Pharathon: poss. El-Taiyebeh, or Tammthn, in the Wady Far’a.
Thamnathsaraa, Thamnathsare, burialplace of Josue: prob. Kh. el-Fakhakhir, in Ephraim.
Thanac, Thanach (Jos., xxi. 25, etc.): Tell Ta’annak, S.W. of Lejiun.
Thanathselo (Jos., xvi, 6; N. Ephraim): Ta`ana, S.E. of Napliis.
Thapsa, 1 (III Kings, iv, 24), N. limit of Solomon‘s kingdom: Thapsacus, on the Euphrates, above the confluence of the Belik. Kala’at Dibseh.—2 (IV Kings, xv, 6), city taken by Manahem, after he had overthrown Sellum: prob. a mistake for Thersa.
Tharela (Jos., xviii, 7; Benjamin). Unknown.
Tharsis, 1. A maritime country far to the W. of Palestine, and on the location of which there is much variance of opinions, some deeming it to be Spain (Tartessos); others Carthagena, in Spain (Tarseion); others, the Tyrrhenians (Tiras of Gen., x, 12), or Etruscans.—2 (Judges, ii, 13), poss. Tarsus of Cilicia.
Thebath (I Par., xviii, 8), identical with Beth.
Thelharsa (I Esd., ii, 59; II Esd., vii, 61), an unknown Babylonian city.
Thelmala (I Esd., ii, 59; II Esd., vii, 61), another unknown Babylonian city.
Theman (Jer., xlix, 7, etc.): poss. Chobak, in the Wady Gharandel, S. of the Dead Sea.
Thesbe, birthplace of Elias; whether Thisbe of Galilee (see below), or Thesbon of Galaad (Kh. el-Istib, near the Wady ‘Ajlun, 10 m. N. of the Jaboc), is not absolutely certain, although the Greek favors the latter opinion.
Thophel (Deut., i, 1): poss. Tefileh, S.E. of the Dead Sea.
Thopo (I Mach., ix, 50; Judea), perh. identical with Taphua 1.
Three Taverns (Acts, xxviii, 15), a place likely near the mod. Cisterna on the Appian Way.
Thyatira (Apoc., ii, 20), a city in Lydia: Ak-Hissar.
Tichon (Ezech., xlvii, 16; D.V.; “the house of Tichon”): possibly El-Hadr, E.N.E. of Baniyas, on the Nahr Mughanniyeh.
Troas (Acts, xvi, 6-8), a seaport in Mysia: Eski Stambul.
Ur (Gen., xi, 28, etc.); Assyr.: Uru: el-Mughair, on the right bank of the Lower Euphrates.
Vale Casis (Jos., xviii, 21), a place in the Gh8r, in the neighborhood of Jericho.
Zanoa, Zanoe, 1 (Jos., xv, 34, etc.; Sephela): Zanu’a.—2 (Jos., xv, 56, etc.; mount. of Juda): Kh. Zanuta.
Zephrona (Num., xxxiv, 9; N. limit of the Holy Land): perh. Kh. Senbariyeh.
Ziklag, A.V. for Siceleg.
Zoheleth (III Kings, i, 9), a rocky place near Jerusalem; the name seems preserved in the mod. Ez-Zehweileh.
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