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. Aug., De Doctr. Chr., II, xvi, 24; Cassiod., De institut. div. litt., xxv; St. Jer., Ad Domn. et Rogat. in I Paralip., Præf.). 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 Genesis 10 is a valuable contribution to the knowledge of the old general geography of the East, and its importance can scarcely be overestimated. 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 15:12; 21:19).
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, Hebrew Dabbasheth, 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 he pege tou heliou, 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 un-frequently 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 walls 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' Almîth), or the site it occupied (e.g. Tell Jezer for Jazer; Tell Ta 'annak for Taanach); sometimes it has shifted to the neighbouring dale, spring, well, or hill (as Wâdy Yabîs). 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 Silviæ" (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 favourite study of the present day. Governments commission to the East diplomatic agents who are masters of archæology; schools have been founded at Jerusalem and elsewhere to enable Biblical students, as St. Jerome recommended (in lib. Paralip., Præf.), 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 labours 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 Palästina-Vereins", the "Palästinajahrbuch") or appear as important contributions in reviews of a wider scope (like the "Revue Biblique", the "Mélanges d'Archéologie orientale" or the "American Journal of Archæology"). 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 north-eastward 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 Ayûn] to the river of Egypt [Wâdy 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" (Deuteronomy 11:11). To the north, two great ranges of mountains, the Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon, or Hermon, separated by the deep valley of Cœlesyria (El-Beqâ'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 Phœnicians 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 Sidonians, 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-Tôr), Moreh (Nebî-Dahî, "Little Hermon"), and the heights of Gelboe (A. V. Gilboa; J. Fuqû'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. Arãif) 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 favourite haunt of outlaws at all times (cf. 1 Samuel 22, 23, 24), the last stronghold of Jewish independence (Masada, April, A.D. 78), and the time-honoured 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] (Jôlan), to the north of the Yarmûk (Sheri' at el-Menadhireh), the "mountains of Galaad" [A. V. Gilead] from the Yarmûk to the Arnon (J. 'Ajlûn and J. Jil'ad), north and south respectively to the Jaboc, or Wâdy Zerkâ, 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 (Jebâ, J. esh-Sherâ), the J. Tâuran 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 Yarmûk, 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 north-east 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 (Lejâh). 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 north-east, which lies between Mount Hermon and the river Yarmûk, 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 favourite 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-'Asî) and the Leontes (N. el-Litâni) have furrowed their beds. From "the entrance of Emath", the Ghôr, 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 Lût, 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 Hûleh) to the Lake of Tiberias (Bahr Tabarîyeh) the Ghôr 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-Saqût, 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 Ghôr the Jordan has ploughed its double bed. The larger bed, the Zôr, 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 Zôr 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 Zôr, and hidden behind a dense screen of oleanders, acacias, thorns, and similar shrubbery, the Jordan (esh-Sheri-'at el-Kebîr, 'the Great Trough") follows its serpentine course, swiftly rolling its cream-coloured 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 Hûleh, 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 (Joshua 2:7; Judges 3:28; 7:24; 12:5, 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 Zôr (Joshua 3:15; 1 Chronicles 12:15; Sirach 24:36). The Jordan is formed by the union of three springs, respectively known as Nahr el-Hasbâni, N. el-Leddân, and N. Banîyas, which meet nine miles north of Lake Hûleh. 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-Bîreh, which comes down from Mount Thabor, the N. el-Jahûd, bringing down from Nebî Dahî the waters of 'Ain-Jalûd, possibly the site of the trial of Gideon's companions (Judges 7:4, 6), the Wâdy Far'ah, which originates near Mount Hebal and Mount Garizim, the W. Nawaimeh, the pass to the heights of Bethel (Beitîn; cf. Joshua 16:1), and, below Jericho, the W. el-Kelt, the "torrent of Carith (A. V. Cherith)" mentioned in 1 Kings 17:3, 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 Sherî 'at el-Menadhîreh, not spoken of in the Bible (Yarmûk of the Talmud, Hieromax of the Greek writers), the W. Yabîs, the name of which recalls that of the city of Jabes-Galaad W. (1 Samuel 11; 31:11-13), the Jaboc (N. ez-Zerqa), the Nimrîn (cf. Bethemra, Numbers 32:36; Joshua 13:27), and, a few miles from the Dead Sea, the united waters of the W. Kefrein and W. Hesbân (cf. Hesebon, A. V. Heshbon, Numbers 21:26; Joshua 21:39, etc.).
Among the rivers and torrents debouching into the Dead Sea from the mountains of Juda, only one deserves notice, viz., the Wâdy en-Nâr, made up of the often dry Cedron (Wâdy Sitti Maryam), east of Jerusalem, and the "Valley of Ennon" (W. er-Rabâbi) to the south of the Holy City. Many torrents stream from the highlands of Moab; among these may be mentioned the Wâdy 'Ayûn Mûsâ, the name of which preserves the memory of the great leader of Israel, the Arnon (W. el-Mojîb), the Wâdy of Kerak, probably the Biblical Zared, the "waters of Nemrim [A. V. Nimrim]" (Isaiah 15:6; Jeremiah 48:34. W. Nemeira), and finally the W. el-Qurâhi, very likely the "torrent of the willows" of Isaiah 15:7.
In the Mediterranean watershed, from the extreme north of Phœnicia, the most famous rivers are the Eleutherus (1 Maccabees 11:7; 12:30. Nahr el-Kebîr), the N. el Qasimîyeh (Leontes of the Greeks), the N. el-Muqattâ (Cison; A. V. Kishon), the N. ez-Zerqâ, very likely the "flumen Crocodilon" of Pliny (Hist. Nat., V, xvii) and the Sichor Labanah of the Bible (Joshua 19:26 A. V. Shihôr-libnath), the N. el-Falêq, possibly the Nahal Qanah (D. V. "valley of reeds"; A. V. Kanah) of Joshua 16:8 and 17:9, the N. Rabin, one of the confluents of which, the W. es-Sarâr, runs through the famous "valley of Sorec" (A. V. Sorek. Judges 16:4, etc.), the N. Sukreir, into which opens the "valley of the terebinth" (A. V. "valley of Elah". 1 Samuel 17:2, 19; 21:9 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 Zuheilîqa, not unlikely the site of Siceleg (A. V. Ziklag. Joshua 15:31, etc.); the W. Ghazzeh, into which flows the W. esh-Sherî'a, perhaps the "torrent Besor" (1 Samuel 30:9, 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-'Arîsh, or "torrent of Egypt", Shihôr of the Hebrews and Rhinocolurus of the Greeks, which drains all the northern and north-eastern portions of the Sinaitic Peninsula. The Scriptures mention likewise a few inland rivers, particularly two in the territory of Damascus: the Abana (N. Barâda), 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-Hijâneh.
Besides the two lakes just mentioned, which are outside of Palestine proper, and the Lakes Hûleh 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 Banîyas; 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.
Deut., 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 neighbourhood of cities to which they gave their names (Engannim, Enhasor, etc.) we may mention here: the "fountain of Daphnis" (Numbers 34:11, in the Vulgate only: other texts have merely: "the fountain") identified by Robinson with 'Ain el-'Asy, the main spring of the Orontes in Cœlesyria; the "fountain which is in Jezrahel" (1 Samuel 29:1) generally recognized in the 'Ain Jalûd, near the Little Hermon; the "fountain that is called Harad" (Judges 7:1), possibly the same, or 'Ain el-Meiyteh, 180 feet below 'Ain Jalûd; the "fountain of Taphua" (Joshua 17:7), near the city of that name; the "fountain of Jericho" or "of Eliseus" (D. V. Elisha. 2 Kings 2:19, 22), 'Ain es-Sultân, to the north of Jericho; the "fountain of the Sun" (Joshua 15:7), 'Ain el-Haûd, or Apostles' Fountain, on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho; the "fountain of the water of Nephtoa" (Joshua 15:9), near Lifta, north-west of Jerusalem; the "source of the waters of Gihon" (2 Chronicles 32:30), 'Ain Umm ed-Derej, or, as the Christians call it, 'Ain Sitti Maryam, on the south-east slope of the Temple hill at Jerusalem; the "fountain Rogel" (Joshua 15:7), Bîr Eiyûb in the W. en-Nâr, south of Jerusalem; the "dragon-fountain" (Nehemiah 2:13), somewhere in the neighbourhood of the Holy City, unidentified; "The Spring of him that invoked from the jawbone" (so D. V.; A. V. Enhakkore Judges 15:19 rather, "the Spring of the partridge, which is in Lehy"), identified by Conder with some 'Avûn Qâre, north-west of Sor'a; the "water" where Philip baptized the eunuch of Candace (Acts 8:36) 'Ain ed-Dirweh, near the highroad from Jerusalem to Hebron; "the fountain of Misphat that is Cades" (A. V. "Enmishpat, which is Kadesh" Genesis 14:7) 'Ain Kedeis in the desert.
In places where the supply of water was scanty the ancient inhabitants constructed pools, either by damming up the neighbouring valley or by excavation. Of the former description were very likely the pools of Gabaon [A. V. Gibeon. 2 Samuel 2:13], Hebron (2 Samuel 4:12), Samaria (1 Kings 22:38), Hesebon (Cant., vii, 4), and certainly the lower pool of Siloe near Jerusalem (Isaiah 22:9, 11); of the latter description are the "upper pool" of Siloe (2 Kings 20:20) 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 63º F.; during the winter months, although the mean temperature is about 50º, the mercury occasionally plays around the freezing-point; whereas in June, July, August, and September, the average being between 70º and 75º, the thermometer sometimes rises to 100º 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 neighbourhood 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 Ghôr, 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 40º; in summer the thermometer may rise in the day to 120º or 140º, 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 Ghôr, 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 olive yards grow: a land of oil and honey. Where without any want thou shalt eat thy bread, and enjoy abundance of all things" (Deuteronomy 8:7-9). Palestine, indeed, even now, but much more so in Biblical times, may be said fairly to repay the labour 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 9:35), the Sephelah and the Ghôr 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 (Numbers 13:33, 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 Idumæa. 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 Cananæo-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 Idumæa (Edom); east of that river, Gaulanitis corresponded to the modern Jolan; Auranitis was the administrative name of the plateau of Jebel-Hauran; north-west of it, the Lejah formed the main part of Trachonitis; Iturea must have been the country south-east of Hermon; north of Iturea, on the banks of the upper Barâda, 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 (Ammân), 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 2 Samuel 24:9, 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 to 5,000,000, undoubtedly overshoot the mark. From what may be gathered in various places of Holy Writ, the figures given in 2 Samuel might fairly represent the whole population at the beat 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.
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.
Abana: river of Damascus. See LEBANON.
Abarim (q.v.): mountains in N. Moab.
Abdon (Joshua 21:30, etc.): Khirbet Abdeh, N. of the Wâdy el-Karn.
Abel (the great: 1 Samuel 6:18) is a common name, "stone", as the D.V. suggests in the parenthesis. Abel (Judges 11:33; Hebrew 'Abél Kerãmîm), Abela (2 Kings 20:14) Abeldomum Maacha (1 Kings 15:20; 2 Kings 15:29); Abelmaim (2 Chronicles 16:4); Abelmehula (Judges 7:23, etc.); Abelsatim (Numbers 33:49), the place where the Israelites were enticed into the impure worship of Beelphegor; in the Ghôr E. of the Jordan, at a short distance from the Dead Sea.
Aben-Boen (Joshua 18:18), also "the stone of Boen" (Joshua 15:6): a conspicuous rock marking the limit of Juda and Benjamin between Beth Hagla and the Ascent of Adommim.
Abes (Joshua 19:20; Issachar): prob. Kh. eb-Beidâ, in the plain of Esdrelon, between Nazareth and Mt. Carmel.
Abila (not mentioned in the Bible), after which Abiline was named: Sûk Wâdy Barâda, S. of Anti-Lebanon.
Abran (Joshua 19:28; Aser): perhaps a mistake for Abdon. Unknown.
Accad (Achad; Akkad). See BABYLONIA.
Accain (Joshua 15:57): mtn. of Juda, Kh. Yâqîn.
Accho. See ACRE.
Achazib, 1 (Joshua 19:21; Aser): Ez-Zib, betw. Accho and Tyre. 2 (Joshua 15:44; Micah 1:14; W. Juda): 'Ain el-Kezbeh.
Achor: a valley near Jericho, possibly Wâdy el Qelt.
Achsaph (Joshua 11:1, etc.; Aser): prob. Kefr Yâsîf, N.E. of Acre.
Achzib. See Achazib 2.
Acrabatane: 1. Toparchy of Judea, including region betw. Neapolis (Naplûs) and Jericho. 2 (1 Maccabees 5:3), region of the Ascent of Acrabim.
Acrabim (Ascent of; D.V.: "Ascent of the Scorpion"; Joshua 15:3; S. limit of Juda): most prob. Naqb es-Sâfâ, S.W. of the Dead Sea, on the road from Hebron to Petra.
Acron (Joshua 19:43). See ACCARON.
Adada (Joshua 15:22; S. limit of Juda): 'Ad'ada, E. of Bersabee.
Adadremmon (Zechariah 12:11): in the plain of Esdrelon; in later times, Maximianopolis (St. Jerome): Rûmmâneh, S. of Lejûn.
Adama (Deuteronomy 29:23): city of the Pentapolis.
Adami (Joshua 19:33): also Adam: Damîeh, S.W. of the Lake of Tiberias. The Jordan may be forded there.
Adar (Numbers 34:4; Joshua 15:3), also Addar and Adder: S. limit of Juda, N.W. of Cades. There is in that region a Jebel Hadhîreh.
Adarsa (1 Maccabees 7:40), also Adazer (1 Maccabees 7:45): Kh. 'Adaseh, N. of Jerusalem and E. of El-Jib.
Adiada (1 Maccabees 12:38), also Addus, in the Sephela: Haditeh, E. of Lydda.
Adithaim (Joshua 15:36)-- text perhaps corrupt; as it stands, designates a place, hitherto unidentified, in the neighbourhood of Gaza.
Adom (Joshua 3:16): Tell-Damîeh, a little S. of the confluence of the Jaboc and the Jordan.
Adommim: (Ascent of; Joshua 15:7; 18:18), limit of Benjamin and Juda; seems to correspond to Tal'at ed-Dûmm, on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, a place notorious for the thieves who lurked round about (Luke 10:30-35).
Adon (Ezra 2:59), also Addon (Nehemiah 7:61): a city of Chaldea, the same as Eden in Isaiah 37:12; Ezekiel 27:23.
Adrumetum (Acts 27:2): city and seaport in Mysia, over against the island of Lesbos; mod. Adramiti or Edremid, also Ydremid.
Aduram (2 Chronicles 11:9, S. Juda), also Ador (1 Maccabees 13:20): Dora, W. of Hebron.
Agar's Well (Genesis 16:14), "between Cades and Barad": Bîr Mâyîn.
Ahalab (Judges 1:31; Aser): poss. the same as Mehebel (Joshua 19:29; D.V. "from the portions"), the Makhalliba of the third campaign of Sennacherib. Unknown.
Ahava: stream, or perhaps canal, in Babylonia, possibly not far W. of Babylon.
Ahion (1 Kings 15:20, etc.), also Aion (2 Kings 15:29): the name seems to be preserved in Merj 'Ayûn, between the valley of the Leontes and that of the upper Jordan. The site was possibly Tell-Dibbîn, or Khiam, a near-by place.
Aialon, 1 (Joshua 10:12 etc.) town and valley: Yâlô, W. N.W. of Jerusalem, E. of Amwâs. — 2 (Judges 12:12; Zabulon): Kh. Jalîm, E. of Acre.
Ai: D.V. for Hai.
Aiath (Isaiah 10:28): the same as Hai.
Aila, Ailath: the same as Elath.
Ain (Joshua 19:7; Juda), also called En,-Rimmon: Kh. Umm er-Rummânîm, N. of Bersabee, on the road to Beit-Jibrîn.
Alima (1 Maccabees 5:26): poss. Kh. 'Ilma.
Almath (1 Chronicles 6:60: Hebrew 45) also Almon (Joshua 21:18), in Benjamin: Kh. 'Almith, N.E. of Jerusalem, between Jebâ and Anâtâ.
Alus (Numbers 33:13), encampment of the Israelites on their way to Sinai: poss. Wâdy el-'Ech, N.W. of Jebel Mûsa.
Amaad (Joshua 19:26; Aser): Kh. el-'Amud, N. of Acre, or Umm el-'Amed, W. of Bethlehem of Zabulon.
Amam (Joshua 15:26; S. Juda). Unidentified.
Amana (Canticles 4:8): poss. the same as Mt. Hor of the N.
Amma (Joshua 19:30; Aser): perhaps ' Alma esh-Shâ'ûb, W. of the Scala Tyriorum (Râs en-Nâqûra).
Amona (Ezekiel 39:6): if we should see in it the name of a town, might stand for Legio-Mageddo, mod. El-Lejûn.
Amosa (Joshua 18:26; Benjamin): either Qolonieh (so Talmud), or Beit-Mizzeh, N. of Qolonieh.
Amphipolis (Acts 18:1): in Macedonia, 30 m. from Philippi; mod. Jenikoei.
Amthar (Joshua 19:13; Zabulon): prob. not a proper name, seems to mean "turns towards".
Ana: a town in Babylonia, on the Euphrates, possibly 'Anah.
Anab (Joshua 11:21): mount. of Juda, once belonging to the Enacim; Kh. 'Anab, S. of Beit-Jibrîn.
Anaharath (Joshua 19:19); Issachar); Egyptian: Anuhertu: En-Na'ûra, N.E. of Zerâ'în.
Anania (Nehemiah 2:32; Benjamin): Beit-Hanîna, N. of Jerusalem.
Anem (1 Chronicles 6:73, Hebrews 58; Issachar), perhaps a contraction for Engannim, which stands in the same place, Joshua 19:21. However, poss. 'Anîm, S. of Lejûn.
Aner (1 Chronicles 6:70; Heb. 55; W. Manasses), perhaps a corruption for Thanach of Joshua 21:25; poss. also 'Ellar, N.W. of Sebastiyeh.
Ange (Judith 2:12), a mount, in Cappadocia: Erjias.
Anim (Joshua 15:50; mount. of Juda): Kh. Ghuwein.
Antioch: 1. Of Pisidia. 2. Of Syria.
Apadno (Daniel 11:45); doubtful as a proper name.
Apamea (Judith 3:14), country and city of Syria: Qal 'at el-Mudhiq.
Aphaerema (1 Maccabees 11:34; not in the Vulgate), one of the toparchies of Juda: see Ephraim.
Aphara (Joshua 18:23; Benjamin), commonly identified with Tell el-Fârah, S.E. of Beitîn.
Aphec 1 (Joshua 12:18; N.W. Juda): poss. Merj-Fikieh (Conder). 2 (Joshua 19:30, etc.; Aser). Unknown. 3 (1 Samuel 4:1; Benjamin): perhaps Qastûl. 4 (1 Samuel 29:1; Issachar): El-'Afûleh, N.W. of Zerâ 'în. 5 (1 Kings 20:26, etc.) Assyr.: Apqu: prob. Fîq, E. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Apheca, 1 (Joshua 13:4): Afkâ, N.E. of Beirût. 2 (Joshua 15:53; mount. of Juda), Egyptian: Apuken: prob. Fuqîn, W. of Bethlehem.
Apollonia (Acts 17:1), in Mygdonia, a prov. of Macedonia: mod. Pollina.
Appiiforum (Acts 28:15), 43 m. S.E. of Rome, on the Appian Way, on the edge of the Pontine Marshes.
Ar, Ar Moab (Numbers 21:15, etc.) N. of Moab, and S. of the river Arnon; some suggest Rabba; others Umm er-Resâs; others Mûhâtet el-Haj.
Arab (Joshua 15:52; mount. of Juda), also Arbi (2 Samuel 23:25): Kh. er-Râbîyeh, W. of Ziph.
Arach, 1 (Genesis 10:10), cuneif. Arku, a town in Babylonia. Warka, on the left bank of the Euphrates, 125 m. S.E. of Babylon. 2. See Archi.
Arada, a station of the Israelites in their journey between Sinai and Cades. Unknown.
Arama, 1 (Joshua 19:36; Nephtali): Rameh, N.W. of the Lake of Tiberias. 2 (1 Samuel 30:30). See Horma.
Ararat. See ARK.
Arbatis (1 Maccabees 5:23); doubtful whether it is a district or a city. Unknown.
Arbee. See HEBRON.
Arbella (1 Maccabees 9:2), according to Josephus, in Galilee, in the neighbourhood of Sepphoris; prob. Kh. 'Irbid, W. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Archi seems rather a gentile name, derived from Arach, Erek, or Erech, 'Ain 'Arîk, between Beitîn and Beit Ur.
Arebba (Joshua 15:60; mount. of Juda): Kh. Rebba S.W. of Jerusalem, near Beit Nettîf(?).
Arecon (Joshua 19:46; Dan): Tell er-Raqqeit, N. of Jaffa.
Areopolis, Greek name of Ar Moab.
Ariel (Isaiah 29:1, 2), symbolical name of Jerusalem: "city of God".
Arimathea. See Rama.
Arnon, river of Moab: Wâdy el-Môjib.
Aroer, 1 (Deuteronomy 2:36, etc.; Moab. S., l. 26): 'Arâ'ir, N. of the Arnon river. 2 (Judges 11:33), "over against Rabba", i.e. E. of Ammân. Unknown. 3 (1 Samuel 30:28; S. Juda), Egyptian: Har-horar: 'Ar'ârah, E.S.E. of Bersabee.
Arpad A.V. for Arphad.
Arphad (2 Kings 18:34, etc.), Assyr.: Arpaddu: Tell 'Erfâd, 12 m. N. of Aleppo.
Aruboth (1 Kings 4:10), poss. Wâdy Arrûb, near Bersabee.
'Arûmah (Judges 9:31; D.V.: "privately"), a proper name: perhaps El-'Orme, S. of Naplûs.
'Asal (Zechariah 14:5; D.V.: "the next"). A proper name is demanded by the context: perhaps the Wady 'Asûl, S. of Jerusalem.
Asan. (Joshua 15:42, etc.; Juda): poss. 'Aseileh (?) between Bersabee and Hebron.
Asaramel (1 Maccabees 14:27); wrongly given as a proper name; either some court, or a title of Simon: "prince of the people of God".
Asasonthamar. See ENGADDI.
Ascalon. See PHILISTINES.
Asem (Joshua 15:29, etc.; S. Juda), also Asom (1 Chronicles 4:29). Unknown.
Asemona (Numbers 34:4; Joshua 15:14; S. Juda): poss. 'Ain Qaseimeh, W. of Cades.
Asena (Joshua 15:33, plain of Juda): perhaps 'Aslîn; perh. Kefr Hâsan.
Aser (q.v.) 1 (Joshua 17:7; W. Manasses). 2 (Tobit 1:2; Nephtali) poss. the same as Asor 1.
Asergadda (Joshua 15:27; S. Juda). Unidentified.
Ashdod, A.V. for Azotus.
Asor, 1 (Joshua 11:1, etc.; Nephtali), also Hasor, Heser. Egyptian: Huzar: the site seems to have been in the neighbourhood of L. Hûleh, but its exact location is the object of great discussions. 2 (Joshua 15:23; S. Juda). Unknown; perhaps connected with Jebel Hâdhîreh, N.E. of Cades.-- 3 (Joshua 15:25; S. Juda). Unknown. 4 (Nehemiah 11:33, Benjamin), poss. Kh. Hazzûr, N. of Jerusalem.
Asphar (1 Maccabees 9:33), a pool in the desert of Thecue, perh. Bîr ez-Zã'ferâneh.
Assedim (Joshua 19:35; Nephtali). Some: Hattin el-Kedim; others: Es-Sattîyeh; perhaps not a proper name.
Asson, 1 (Acts 20:13-14), seaport in Mysia: Behram Kalessi. 2 (Acts 27:13); not a proper name, but compar. of agchi, "near".
Astaroth (Deuteronomy 1:4, etc.), capital of Og, king of Basan: Tell Astâra, in Hauran.
Astarothcarnaim (Genesis 14:5), prob. Tell As'âri, in Hauran.
Ataroth, 1 (Numbers 32:1, etc.; Moab. S., l. 10; Moab): Khirbet 'Attarus, S. of the Wâdy Zerqâ. Ma'în. 2 (Joshua 16:2; S. Ephraim), also Ataroth Addar (Joshua 16:5; 18:13); some: Atâra, S. of El-Bireh; others: Kh. ed-Darieh, near Lower Bethoron. 3 (Joshua 16:7; E. Ephraim), poss. Tell et-Trûny (Conder).
Athach (1 Kings 30:30), possibly the same as Ether.
Athar. See Ether.
Athmatha (Joshua 15:54; mount. of Juda). Unidentified.
Athrôth bêth Yô'áb (1 Chronicles 2:54; D.V.: "the crowns of the house of Joab"), name of a place. Site unknown.
Ava (2 Kings 17:24, etc.), also Avah, a Babylonian city conquered by the Assyrians. Possibly Hit, on the right bank of the Euphrates.
Avim (Joshua 18:23, Benjamin). Some identify it with Hai. Otherwise unknown.
Avith (Genesis 36:35; Edom), perhaps in the neighbourhood of the Jebel el-Ghuweiteh, E. of the Dead Sea.
Avoth Jair (1 Kings 4:13). See Havoth Jair.
Axaph. See Achsaph.
'Ayephîm (2 Samuel 16:14; D.V.: "weary"), possibly, rather, a place E. of Bahurim.
Aza (1 Chronicles 7:28; N.W. of Ephraim). Unknown.
Azanotthabor (Joshua 19:34; Neplitali), in the neighbourhood of Mt.Thabor. Unknown.
Azeca (Joshua 10:10, etc.; plain of Juda), in the environs of Tell Zakarîyah. No agreement as to the exact identification.
Azmaveth (Ezra 2:24): Hizmeh, N. of Anita.
Baal (1 Chronicles 4:33), probably identical with Baalath Beer Ramath (Joshua 19:8; Simeon), poss. Biâr Mãyîn, or Tell el-Lekiyeh, N. of Bersabee.
Baala, 1 (Joshua 15:9, etc.; Juda) old name of Cariathiarim. 2 (Joshua 15:29, etc.; S. Juda), also Bala; perhaps Kh. Umm-Baghle, N.E. of Bersabee.
Baalam (1 Chronicles 6:70; Heb. 55; W. Manasses), also Balaam; possibly Jeblaam (Joshua 17:11): Bir Bel'ameh, S. of Jenîn.
Baalath (Joshua 19:44; N. Dan), also Balaath (2 Chronicles 8:6), prob. Bel'ain, N.W. of Beit Ur.
Baalath Beer Ramath. See Baal.
Baalgad (Joshua 11:17, etc.), at the foot of Mt. Hermon: Baniyas.
Baal Hamon (Cant., viii, 11; D.V. "that which hath people"), poss. identical with Balamon (Judith 8:3); perh. Kh. Bel'ameh S. of Jenîn.
Baalhasor (2 Samuel 13:23), poss. Tell 'Asûr, N.E. of Beitîn.
Baal Hermom (Judges 3:3, etc.). Whether it is a city or a mountain is doubtful; supposed to be the same as Baalgad.
Baalmeon (Joshua 17:17, etc.), also Baalmaon, Beelmeon, Bethmaon: Tell Mã'în, S.W. of Madâba.
Baal Peor, A.V. for Beelphegor.
Baal Pharasim (2 Samuel 5:20), in the neighbourhood of the Valley of Raphaim, S. of Jerusalem.
Baal Salisa (2 Kings 4:42): prob. Kh. Sarîsia, 15 m. N.E. of Lydda.
Baalthamar (Judges 20:33; Benjamin), N.W. of Gabaa, about Kh. Adase.
Babylon. See BABYLONIA.
Bahurim (2 Samuel 3:16, etc.), on the slope of Mt. Olivet, poss. Kh. ez-Zambi, or Kh. Buqei'dan.
Bala, 1 (Genesis 14:2). See Segor. 2. See Baala 2.
Balaam. See Baalam.
Balaath. See Baalath.
Baloth (Joshua 15:24; S. Juda), poss. identical with Baalath Beer Ramath. Otherwise unknown.
Bamoth (Numbers 21:19; Moab). Site unknown, between Dîbân and Mâ'în.
Bamothbaal (Joshua 13:17), prob. the same.
Bane (Joshua 19:45; Dan), also Bane Barach; Assyr.: Banaaibarqa; prob. 'Ibn-'Ibrãk, E. of Jaffa.
Banias. See CÆSAREA PHILIPPI.
Barach. See Bane.
Barad (Genesis 16): Umm el-Bãred, S.E. of Cades.
Barasa (1 Maccabees 5:26): Bosra, in the Hauran.
Basan (Deuteronomy 3:4), a region S. of the Plain of Damascus; at first the Kingdom of Og, then given to the tribe of Manasses.
Bascama (1 Maccabees 13:23), perh. Tell-Bãzûk, in Jolan.
Bascath (Joshua 15:39; plain of Juda), somewhere around Lachis. Unknown.
Bashan, A.V. for Basan.
Bathuel (1 Chronicles 4:30; Simeon). See Bethul.
Baziothia (Joshua 15:28; S. Juda), an unidentified city in the neighbourhood of Bersabee unless the text is Corrupt.
Beelmeon. See Baalmeon.
Beelsephon (Exodus 14:2); Egyptian: Bali Sapûna. If a mountain, poss. Jebel 'Attâka, S.W. of Suez.
Beer (Numbers 21:16; D.V.: "the well"), prob. in the Wâdy Themed, S.S.E. of Madâba.
Beer Elim (Isaiah 15:8; D.V.: "the well of Elim"); the same as Beer.
Belamon. See Baal Hamon.
Belma. See Baal Hamon.
Belmen (Judith 4:4 omitt. in Vulg.), between Bethoron and Jericho.
Benejaacan (Numbers 33:31), Bîrein, north of Cades.
Benennom (2 Chronicles 28:3), valley S. of Jerusalem. See JERUSALEM.
Beon (Numbers 32:3). See Baalmeon.
Bera (Judges 9:21), prob. El-Bîreh, N. of Jerusalem.
Berdan (Genesis 21:32; D.V.: "well of oath"), Tell el-Qady, W.S.W. of Bersabee.
Berea (1 Maccabees 9:4), commonly identified with El-Bîreh.
Beromi (2 Samuel 23:31), the same as Bahurim.
Berotha (2 Samuel 8:8), Bereitân, S. of Baalbek.
Besecath (2 Kings 22:1). See Bascath.
Besor, a river S.W. of Gaza, prob. Wâdy esh-Sherî'a.
Bessur (Joshua 15:58). See Bethsur.
Betane (Judith 1:9; omitt. in Vulg.), a name poss. misspelled, points to a place S. of Jerusalem.
Bete (2 Samuel 8:8; 1 Chronicles 18:8, has Thebath), possibly Tãyibeh, on the road from Hamath to Aleppo; or more prob. Tãyibeh, S. of Baalbek.
Beten (Joshua 19:25; Aser): El-Bãneh, E. of Acre.
Bethabara. See BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN.
Bethacad (2 Kings 10:12; D.V.: "shepherd's cabin"), more prob. a proper name: Beit Qãd, betw. Mt. Gelboe and Jenîn.
Bethacarem (Jeremiah 6:1; Nehemiah 3:14; Juda), also Bethacharam. Unknown; supposed to be some place on the Jebel el-Fureidis, S.E. of Bethlehem.
Bethanan (1 Kings 4:9; Benjamin), perhaps Beit 'Ãnân, W. of Nebi Samwîl.
Bethanath (Joshua 19:38; Nephtali), prob. 'Ainîta, near Cades of Nephtali.
Bethanoth (Joshua 15:59; mount. of Juda), Kh. Beit'Anun, N.E. of Hebron.
Betharaba (Joshua 15:6, etc.; E. of Juda), unknown; must have been in the neighbourhood of Jericho.
Betharam (Joshua 13:27).
Beth Arbel (Hosea 10:14; D.V. "the house of him that judgeth Baal"), prob. the same place as Arbella.
Bethaven (Genesis 12:8): poss. Kh, Haiyân, also called El-Jîr, E. of Beitîn. 1 Samuel 13:5, Bethoron should probably be read instead of Bethaven.
Bethazmoth (Ezra 2:24). See Azmaveth.
Beth Baal Meon (Moabite Stone, line 30). See Baalmeon.
Bethbera (Judges 7:24), a ford of the Jordan, either N. of the confluence of the W. Jalûd, or in the neighbourhood of Jericho.
Bethberai (1 Chronicles 4:31; Simeon), poss. Bîrein, betw. Cades and Khalasa.
Bethbessen (1 Maccabees 9:62), prob. the same place as Beth Hagla.
Bethchar (1 Samuel 17:11), an unknown place in the neighbourhood of Maspha of Benjamin.
Beth Deblathaim (Jeremiah 48:22; D.V.: "the house of Deblathaim"; Moabite Stone, line 30). See Deblathaim.
Beth Eden (Amos 1:5; Lebanon). Some: Jusieh el-Kadimeh; others: Beit el-Jaune, between Banîyas and Damascus.
Bethel, 1 see s.v. 2 (Joshua 12:16; Simeon) another name for Bethul.
Bethemec (Joshua 19:27; Aser), prob. 'Amqâ, N.E. of Acre.
Bether (Song of Songs 2:17; mount. of Juda), Kb. Bettîr, S.W. of Jerusalem, the last stronghold of the Jewish rebels in the second century.
Beth Esel (Micah 1:11; D.V. "the house adjoining"), perhaps the same place as Asal (Zechariah 14:5); some place it E. of Mt. Olivet; some others S. of Jerusalem; some, finally, in the Sephela.
Bethgader (1 Chronicles 2:51). See Gader.
Bethgamul (Jeremiah 48:23; Moab), Kh. Jemãîl, N.E. of Dibân.
Beth-Haggan (2 Kings 9:27; D.V.: "gardenhouse"), prob. the same as Engannim, i.e. Jenîn.
Beth Hagla (Joshua 15:6, etc.; Benjamin): Qasr Hajlâ, S.E. of Jericho.
Beth Hammerhaq (2 Samuel 15:17; D.V. "afar off from the house") likely the name of some place in the Cedron Valley.
Bethjesimoth (Joshua 13:30), Bethsimoth (Numbers 33:49), Kh. Suweimeh, in the Ghôr, 1¼ m. N. of the Dead Sea, 2 m. E. of the Jordan.
Beth Le 'ãphrah (Micah 1:10; D.V.: "the house of Dust"), el-Thaiyebeh, N.E. of Beitin.
Beth Lebã'ôth (Joshua 15:32), perhaps the same as Bethberai.
Bethmaacha. See Abel.
Bethmaon. See Baalmeon.
Bethmarchaboth (Joshua 19:5; S. Simeon; Joshua 15:31, has Medemena). If we should distinguish, Bethmarchaboth might poss. be El-Merqeb, S.W. of the S. end of the Dead Sea.
Beth Millo (Judges 9:6), probably some stronghold in the neighbourhood of Sichem, perhaps Kh. ed-Duãrah, S. of Nãplûs.
Bethnemra (Numbers 32:36, etc.), Tell-Nimrîn, on the Wâdy Nimrîn.
Bethoron, two cities of Ephraim, about 12 m. N.W. of Jerusalem: Upper Bethoron, Beit 'Ur el-Fôqâ, to the E.; and Lower Bethoron, Beit Ur el-Tahtâ, to the W. In I Mach., iv, 29, Bethsur should be read instead of Bethoron.
Bethphage (Matthew 21:1; Luke 19:29), on Mt. Olivet, near the road from Jerusalem to Jericho; poss. Habalat el-'Amîrã, or Kehf Abu Laiân.
Bethphalet (Joshua 15:27; Nehemiah 11:26; S. Juda). Also Bethphelet. Unknown.
Bethpheses (Joshua 19:21; Issachar), in the neighbourhood of Jenîn. Unknown.
Bethphogor (Deuteronomy 3:29, D.V. "temple of Phogor"; A.V. Bethpeor), prob. an abbreviation for
Beth Beelphegor. See BEELEHEGOR.
Bethsames, 1 (Joshua 15:10, etc.; Dan); also Bethsemes (1 Chronicles 6:59): 'Ain-Shems, 15 m. W. of Jerusalem. 2 (Joshua 19:22; Issachar), possibly 'Ain esh-Shemsiyeh, S. of Beisân; or Kh. Shemsin, S. of the Lake of Tiberias. 3 (Joshua 19:38; Nephtali), perhaps Kh. Shem'â (?), W. of Sãfed.
Bethsetta (Judges 7:23), possibly Shuttah, N .W. of Beisân.
Bethsimoth. See Bethjesimoth.
Bethsur, Bethsura (Joshua 15:58, etc.; mount. of Juda), Beit-Sûr, N. of Hebron.
Beththaphua (Joshua 15:53; mount, of Juda), Taffuh, W. of Hebron.
Bethul (Joshua 19:4, etc.; Simeon), perhaps Beit-Ulã, N.W. of Hebron (doubtful).
Bethzachara (1 Maccabees 6:32, 33): Beit-Skâria, S.W. of Bethlehem.
Bethzecha (1 Maccabees 7:19), a much controverted site. Some think that it is the hill of Bezetha, which was enclosed within the walls of Jerusalem by Herod Agrippa.
Betomesthaim (Judith 4:6; omitt. in Vulg.): Kh. Umm el-Bothmeh, S. of Jenîn.
Betonim (Joshua 13:26; Gad): Batneh, 4 m. S. of Es-Salt.
Bezec, 1 (Judges 1:4), possibly Bezqâh, S.E. of Lydda; some, however, think the text corrupt, and would read Azeca. 2 (1 Samuel 11:18; Issachar): Kh. 'Ibzîq, on the road from Naplûs to Beisân.
Bokim (Judges 2:1, 5), unknown place near or at Bethel.
Bosor, 1 (Deuteronomy 4:43, etc.; Moab. S., l. 27), prob. Qesûr el-Besheir, S.W. of Dibân. 2 (1 Maccabees 5:26, 36), very likely Busr el-Harîrî, in the Ledjah. 3 (1 Maccabees 5:28): Bosra in Hauran. See BOSTRA.
Bosphorus (Abd., 20). So Vulg. and the versions thereof, for Sepharad.
Bosra, 1 (Isaiah 63:1; Edom): Buseireh, S. of the Dead Sea. 2 (Joshua 21:27), mistranslation for Astaroth. 3 (Jeremiah 48:24): Bosor, 1.
Bubastus (Ezekiel 30:17), Egyptian: Pi-Beset; Tell el-Basta, N.E. of Cairo.
Cabseel (Joshua 15:21; S. Juda). Unknown.
Cabul (Joshua 19:27; Aser): Kabûl, S.E. of Acre.
Cademoth (Deuteronomy 2:26, etc.), also Cedimoth. Seems to have been N. of the Arnon; poss. Umm Ressâs.
Cadumim (Judges 5:21), perhaps not a proper name; possibly also a corrupt. of the text for Cades: "torrent of Cades" (of Nephtali), another name for the Cison.
Cæsarea. See CÆSAREA PALÆSTINÆ; C. PHILIPPI.
Calano (Genesis 10:10; Isaiah 10:9; Amos 6:2), in S. Babylonia, perhaps mod. Zerghûl.
Caleb Ephrata (2 Chronicles 2:24). So Heb.; most probably Sept. and Vulg. are right in translating: "Caleb went to Ephrata".
Camon (Judges 10:5), a town E. of the Jordan, in the neighbourhood of Pella: Qimeim or Tabekat-Fakîl.
Canath (Numbers 32:42). See CANATHA.
Caphara (Joshua 9:17, etc.; Benjamin), also Caphira, Cephira: Kh. Kefîreh, W. of Nebi Samwîl.
Capharnaum (Matthew 4:13, etc.), on the Lake of Tiberias; identified by some with Tell Hûm, on the W. shore; by others with Minieh, S.W. of Tell Hûm.
Capharsalama (1 Maccabees 7:31) was likely near Jerusalem. Unknown.
Carcaa (Joshua 15:3; S. Juda); W. of Cades. Unknown.
Carehim (1 Chronicles 12:6) is not, as would seem at first sight, a place-name, but a gentile name.
Cariath (Joshua 18:28; Benjamin), prob. for Cariathiarim.
Cariathaim, 1 (Genesis 14:5, etc.): Qreiyat, 10 m. S.W. of Madaba. 2 (1 Chronicles 6:76; Nephtali). Unknown. Joshua 21:32 has Carthan, instead of Cariathaim.
Cariatharbe. See HEBRON.
Cariathbaal. See Cariathiarim.
Cariath Chuzoth (Numbers 22:39), a place between the Arnon and Bamothbaal. Unidentified.
Cariathiarim (N.W. Juda), also called Cariathbaal, Cariath: Qaryet el-'Enâb, or Abu-Gosh, W. of Jerusalem.
Cariathsenna. (Joshua 15:49). See Dabir 1.
Cariathsepher (Joshua 15:15; Judges 1:12). See Dabir 1.
Carioth, 1 (Joshua 15:25; S. Juda), rather Carioth Hesron, the birthplace of Judas, "the man of Carioth": Kh. el-Qureitein, S. of Hebron. 2 (Amos 2:2; Jeremiah 48:24, 41; Moabite Stone, 1. 13; Moab): prob. Er-Rabbâh.
Carmel (Joshua 15:55; 1 Samuel 15:12, etc.; S. Juda): El-Kermel, S. of Hebron.
Carnaim (1 Maccabees 5:26, etc.; Transjord.), the same, according to some, as Astarothcarnaim; others identify it with Sheikh-Sãâd, near Astarothcarnaim.
Carnion (2 Maccabees 12:21, 26). Many identify it with Carnaim; some with Qrein, in the Ledjah.
Cartha (Joshua 21:34; Zabulon), poss. Kh. Qîreh.
Carthan (Joshua 21:32), perhaps another name for Cariathaim 2.
Casaloth (Joshua 19:8; Issachar), most probably the same as Ceseleth-Thabor.
Casbon (1 Maccabees 5:36), very likely identical with Casphin (2 Maccabees 12:13): Khisfîn, N.of the Yarmûk, and E. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Casphin. See Casbon.
Casphor (1 Maccabees 5:26), the same as Casbon.
Cateth (Joshua 19:15; Zabulon), also Cathed, probably to be identified with Cartha.
Cauda (Acts 27:16; 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 (Joshua 13:18). See Cademoth.
Cedron, 1 (1 Maccabees 15:39; 16:9), prob. Qatra, S.E. of Yebnâ and S.W. of 'Aqîr 2 A torrent E. of Jerusalem: Wâdy Sitti Maryam. See JERUSALEM.
Ceelatha (Numbers 33:22), station of the Israelites on their journey from Sinai to Cades; prob. Contellet Qureyeh.
Ceila (Joshua 15:44, etc.; middle of Juda): Kh. Qîlâ, N.W. of Hebron.
Celesyria (or Cœle-Syria. 1 Maccabees 10:69, etc.), the valley between Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon: El-Beqâ'a.
Cellon (Judges 2:13), perhaps the country watered by the Chalos river (Nahr Kuãik), which flows through Aleppo.
Cenchrœ (Acts 18:18; A.V. Cenchrea), seaport of Corinth.
Cenereth, Ceneroth. See GENESARETH.
Cenezites, a clan named among the inhabitants of Palestine in patriarchal times (Genesis 15:19); their original settlements were probably in Mt. Seir (Edom).
Cenneroth. See GENESARETH.
Cephira (Ezra 2:25; Nehemiah 7:29). See Caphara.
Cerethi (1 Samuel 30:14, etc.); a tribe settled on the S. border of Canaan, and closely associated with the Philistines. Some think it originated in Crete.
Ceseleth-thabor (Joshua 19:12): 'Iksâl, W. of Mt.Thabor.
Cesil (Joe., xv, 30), a mistaken form for Bethul.
Cesion (Joshua 19:20; 21:28), See CEDES.
Cethlis (Joshua 15:40; plain of Juda). Unknown.
Chabul (1 Kings 9:13), 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 (Genesis 10:10, etc.). See Calano.
Chaldee. See BABYLONIA.
Chale (Genesis 10:11, 12), city in the neighbourhood of Ninive; Assyr.: Kalhu or Kalah: Nimrûd, at the confluence of the Tigris and the Upper Zab.
Chali (Joshua 19:25; Aser): prob. Kh. 'Alya, N.E. of Acre.
Chamaam (Jeremiah 41:17), name of a caravanserai in the neighbourhood of Bethlehem. Site unidentified.
Chanath (Numbers 32:42). See CANATHA.
Characa (2 Maccabees 12:17; Transjord.). Some: El-Harâk, N.W. of Bosra; others: Arâq el-'Emîr, also El-Kerak. Perhaps not a proper name.
Charan, 1 (Judges 5:9; Acts 7:2, 4). See Haran. 2 (Tobit 11:1). The Greek Textus Receptus gives here no place-name. Impossible to determine the true reading.
Charcamis. See HETHITES.
Chasphia (Ezra 8:17), town or region inhabited by an important colony of exiled Jews. Unknown.
Chebbon (Joshua 15:40; Juda): El-Qubeibeh, S.W. of Eleutheropolis.
Chebron (1 Maccabees 5:65), for HEBRON.
Chellus (Judith 1:9; omitt. in Vulg.), prob. Khalasah, S.W. of Bersabee and N. of Cades.
Chelmad (Ezekiel 27:23); poss. a town; in that case might be Chelmadeh, near Bagdad; or a region Carmania; possibly also might be translated "as a disciple."
Chelmon (Judith 7:3, in Greek only), a town near Bethulia, likely Tell-Qaimûn, E. of Mt. Carmel; or Kumieh, between the Little Hermon and Mount Gelboe.
Chene (Ezekiel 27:23). The Heb. has Kalneh. See Calano.
Cherub (Ezra 2:59; Nehemiah 7:61); the complete name was Cherub Addon-Immer. Unknown.
Cheslon (Joshua 15:10; N.W. Juda). Keslâ.
Chobar, a river in "the land of the Chaldeans", commonly identified with the mod. Chabûr; 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 (Ezekiel 30:5). 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 Lûb (Libya); not probable. One Heb. manuscript has Kenûb (Egypt. Keneb, i.e. S. Egypt). Nothing can be said with certainty.
Chun (1 Chronicles 18:8). In the parallel text of 2 Samuel 8:8, instead of Chun, we find Berothai. If Chun was a distinct city, it might be recognized in Kûnâ, S.W. of Baalbek.
Chus (Judith 7:8; omitt. in Vulg.): poss. Qûzâ, 5 m. S. of Naplûs.
Cibsaim (Joshua 21:22; Ephraim), perhaps the same as Jecmaam (1 Chronicles 6:68). Tell el-Qabans, near Bethel, has also been suggested, but the identification is very doubtful.
Cina (Joshua 15:22; S. Juda). Unknown.
Cineans (Genesis 15:19, 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 (Ezekiel 23:23); Assyr.: Ku (tu) or Gu (tu) perhaps the same word as rendered in Hebrew Gõyîm, Gen. xiv, 1. A country in the neighbourhood of Babylonia and Elam. Unidentified.
Corozain (Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13), prob. Kh. Kerâzeh, N. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Cos (1 Maccabees 15:23; Acts 21:1), an island in the Ægean Sea: mod. Stanko.
Culon (Joshua 15:59, in Greek; omitt. in Heb. and Vulg.; Juda) prob. Qoloniyeh.
Cutha (2 Kings 17:24); cuneif. Gudua, Gudu, Kutu; identif. with Tell Ibrahim, N.E. of Babylon.
Dabereth (Joshua 19:21, etc.; Zabulon), Deburîyeh, W., and at the foot of Mt.Thabor.
Dabir, 1 (Joshua 11:22, etc.; S. Juda) the same as Cariathsenna and Cariathsepher: most prob. Darherîyeh, S.S.W. of Hebron. 2 (Joshua 15:7; N. Juda): poss. Toghret ed-Debr.
Dalmanutha (Mark 8:10): perhaps El-Delhamîyeh, S. of the Lake of Tiberias, on the left bank of the Jordan.
Damna (Joshua 21:35; Zabulon; in the parallel passage, 1 Chronicles 6:77, Heb. 62, Remmono). The true name is doubtful; poss. Rummâneh, N. of Nazareth.
Danna (Joshua 15:49: mount. of Juda). Unknown.
Daphca (Numbers 33:12-13) station of the Israelites on their journey from the Red Sea to Sinai: poss. Tabacca, near the Wâdy Lebweh.
Daphne (2 Maccabees 4:33), a sacred grove and shrine near Antioch of Syria.
Dathema (1 Maccabees 5:9; Transjord.), either Er-Remtheh, or El-Hosn, S.W. of the Yarmûk.
Debbaseth (Joshua 19:11; Zabulon). Some: Jebâta, S.W. of Nazareth; others: Kh. ed-Dabsheh, or Zebdâh.
Debera (Joshua 15:7). See Dabir 2.
Deblatha (Ezekiel 6:14), in the land of Emath; prob. the same as Reblatha (Jeremiah 39:5, 6).
Deblathaim (Jeremiah 48:22; D.V.: "house of Deblathaim"; Moabite Stone, l. 30: Diblathan): Ed-Dleilet el-Gharbiyeh (Musil), doubtful.
Delean (Joshua 15:38; Plain of Juda). Unknown.
Delos (1 Maccabees 15:23), an island in the Ægean Sea.
Denaba (Genesis 36:32; 1 Chronicles 1:43; Edom). Unidentified.
Derbe (Acts 14:6, etc.), a town in Lycaonia; not identified.
Dessau (2 Maccabees 14:16; Judea). Unknown.
Dimona (Joshua 15:22; S. Juda; the same is called, probably by a copyist's mistake, Dibon, in Nehemiah 11:25): Kh. et-Teibeh.
Diospolis. Greek name of Lod. See SEBASTE, DIOCESE OF.
Dizahab (Deuteronomy 1:1; D.V. "where there is very much gold"). The name of a station of the Israelites; poss. Ed-Dhejbeh.
Doch (1 Maccabees 16:15): Ain-Dûk, N.W. of Jericho.
Dommim. See Phesdommim.
Dor (Joshua 11:2, etc.; Aser), Assyr. Duru: Tantûra, on the Mediterranean shore, S. of Mt. Carmel.
Dora (1 Maccabees 15:11). See Dor.
Dothain, Dothan (Genesis 37:17, etc.), Tell Do-thân, betw. Sebastîyeh and Jenin.
Duma (Joshua 15:52; S. Juda): Kh. Dômeh, S.W. of Hebron.
Dura (Daniel 3:1), plain S.E. of Babylon; the name is preserved in the Teful (hills) Dûra, and Nahr Dûra.
Ecbatana, 1 (Ezra 6:2), capital of Major Media: Takti Soleiman. 2. Capital of the kingdom of Cyrus: Hamadan.
Edema (Deuteronomy 9:23; Nephtali), prob. Kh. 'Admâh, on the right bank of the Jordan, below the confluence of the Yarmûk. Some, however, identify it with Damîyeh, W. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Eder (Joshua 15:21; S. Juda), either Eh. el-'Adar, or Kh. Umm Adreh.
Edom. See IDUMEA.
Edrai, 1 (Numbers 21:33; E. Manasses): Der'at. 2 (Joshua 19:37; Nephtali): Yã'ter, half way between Tyre and L. Hûleh.
Eglon (Joshua 10:3, etc.; plain of Juda): Kh. Ajlan, W. of Beit-Jibrîn.
Ekron, A.V. for Accaron.
Elath (Deuteronomy 2:8, etc.), seaport on the 'Aqâba Gulf: mod. 'Aqâba.
Elcesi, or rather Elqosh, birthplace of the prophet Nahum. Some deem it to be El-Kauze, in Nephtali; others, Qessîyeh, S.E. of Beit-Jibrîn, in the Sephela.
Eleale (Isaiah 15:4, etc.; Moab): El-'Al, N. of Hesbân.
Eleph (Joshua 18:18; Benjamin). Unknown.
Eleutheropolis (q.v.), Greek name of Beit-Jibrîn.
Eleutherus, river dividing Syria from Phœnicia: Nahr el-Kebir.
Elim (Exodus 16:1, etc.), station of the Israelites on their journey from the Red Sea to Sinai: somewhere about the Wâdy Gharandel.
Ellasar (Genesis 14:19): prob. Larsa, Larissa of the Greeks, on the left bank of the Euphrates, in Lower Babylonia.
Elmelech (Joshua 19:26; Aser); Egypt. Retemaraka probably in the neighbourhood of Wâdy el-Mãlek, a tributary of the Cison (A.V. Kishon).
Elon (Joshua 19:43; Dan): either Beit-'Ello, or more prob. Ellîn.
Eltecon (Joshua 15:59; mount. of Juda), Thecue, birthplace of Amos, according to St. Jerome (little prob.). Unidentified.
Elthece (Joshua 19:44, etc.; Dan); also Eltheco: Assyr.: Altaquu, in the neighbourhood of Accaron. Not identified.
Eltholad (Joshua 15:30; S.W. Juda). Unknown.
Elymais (2 Maccabees 9:2), not a town, but the prov. Elymais is meant; although a city, poss. Susa, is alluded to in the context.
Emath, 1. Egyptian: Hamt(u); Assyr.: Amaatti; Epiphania of the Greeks: Hamah, on the Orontes. 2 (Joshua 19:35; Nephtali): prob. El-Hammân, S. of Tiberias.
Emath Suba (2 Chronicles 8:3), possibly the country of Emath 1.
Emer. See Cherub.
Emmaus (q .v.).
Emmer (Ezra 2:59; Ezra 7:61). See Cherub.
Emona (Joshua 18:24; Benjamin), poss. Kh. Kefr 'Anâ, N. of Beitin.
Enaim (Genesis 38:14, etc.; plain of Juda), near Odollam; but unknown.
Enan, rather Hasar Enan, "the village of Enan" (D.V., Numbers 34:9, etc.). Some: Qiryatein, on the road from Damascus to Palmyra; others, and more prob.: Hazûreh, near Banîas.
Endor (1 Samuel 28:7; Issachar): 'Endor, S. of Mt.Thabor.
Engaddi (q.v.), W. shore of the Dead Sea, towards the middle: 'Ain Jîdî.
Engallim (Ezekiel 47:10): poss. 'Ain el-Feshkhâh, N.W. shore of the Dead Sea; or 'Ain Hajlâh.
Engannim, 1 (Joshua 15:34; plain of Juda): perh. Beit el-Jemal. 2 (Joshua 19:31; 21:29; Issachar): Jenîn, S. of Zerã'în.
Enhadda (Joshua 19:21; Issachar): prob. Kefr 'Adan, N.W. of Jenîn.
Enhasor (Joshua 19:37; Nephtali): Kh. Hazîreh, W. of L. Huleh.
Ennom (Valley of). See JERUSALEM.
Ennon. See ÆNON.
Enon. See Enan.
Ensemes (Joshua 15:7; 18:7), generally recognized in Ain el-Hãûd, or "Apostles' Spring" of the Christians on the road from Jericho to Jerusalem.
Epha (Isaiah 60:6), a branch of the Madianites, prob. settled in N. Arabia.
Ephes Dammim (1 Samuel 17:1). See Phesdommim.
Ephesus (q .v.).
Ephra, 1 (Judges 6:11, etc.; W. Manasses), birthplace of Gedeon: perhaps Et-Tayebeh, between Mt.Thabor and Beisân. 2 (Joshua 18:23; 1 Samuel 13:17, etc.; Benjamin): Et-Tayebeh, N.E. of Beitîn.
Ephrata (Genesis 35:16, etc.), surname of Bethlehem, poss. the name of the surrounding region.
Ephrem. See Ephra 2.
Ephron, 1 (Joshua 15:9). A mountain district on the N. border of Juda, between the spring of Nephtoa and Cariathiarim. 2 (2 Chronicles 13:19). See Ephra 2 3. (1 Maccabees 5:46; 2 Maccabees 12:27; Transjord.), a city perhaps identical with Gephrus of Polyb. (V. lxx, 12). The site is unknown, but was likely in the Wâdy el-'Arab, or the straits of the Sheri 'at el-Mand-hûr.
Erek. See Archi.
Esaan (Joshua 15:22; mount. of Juda). The text is perhaps corrupt and should be read Samma, as 1 Chronicles 2:43: Es-Samîyâh seems to be intended.
Escol. A valley with vineyards and pomegranates near Hebron, prob. the Wâdy Beit Iskahîl N.W. of the city.
Esdrelon: large plain in the watershed of the Cison (A.V. Kishon).
Esem. See Asem.
Esna (Joshua 15:43; plain of Juda): 'Idhnâh, between Beit-Jibrîn and Hebron.
Esora (Judith 4:4; omitt. in Vulg.) seems to be identical with Hasar of Nephtali.
Estaol. See Esthaol.
Esthamo (1 Samuel 30:28 etc.; mount, of Juda), also Esthemo, Istemo: Es-Semû'a, S. of Hebron.
Esthaol (Judges 13:25, etc.; plain of Juda): 'Eshû'a, W. of Jerusalem, and S. of Amwas.
Etam, 1 (Joshua 15:60, etc.; mount. of Juda): prob. near 'Ain Etân, S.W. of Bethlehem, perhaps Kh. el-Khûkh. 2 Cave of Etam (Judges 15:8), very likely in the neighbourhood of Jerrah, poss. the cave of Marmita, near Deir Aban. 3 (1 Chronicles 4:32; Simeon), Kh. 'Aitûn, S. of Beit-Jibrîn.
Etham (Exodus 13:20; Numbers 33:6), station of the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to Sinai: somewhere E. of El-Gisr.
Ethan ("rivers of", Psalm 73:15), probably not a proper name, but the equivalent for "perennial".
Ether (Joshua 15:42, etc.; plain of Juda), also Athar. In 1 Chronicles 4:32, instead of Ether we read Thoken. Possibly Kh. el-'Atr, N.W. of Beit-Jibrîn.
Ethroth (Numbers 32:35; Transjord.), prob. in the neighbourhood of Jebel Attarûs, S. of the W. Zerqâ Mã'in, in Moab.
Euphrates. See PERATÆ.
Ezel (1 Samuel 20:19). An unknown conspicuous rock; perhaps the text is corrupt.
Fair Havens, Authorized Version for Good-havens.
Gaas (Joshua 2:9; Ephraim), a mountain N. of which was Josue's tomb: Jebel el-Ghassâneh.
Gabaa, also Gaba, Gabae, Gabee, Geba, 1 (Joshua 18:24, etc.; Benjamin): Jeba', N.E. of Jerusalem. 2 (Joshua 15:57, etc.; mount. of Juda): poss. Jeba'a, S.W. of Bethlehem. 3 (Judges 19:20, etc.; Benjamin): poss. Tell el-Fûl, or Kh. es-Sikkeh. 4 (Judith 3:14; Samaria): perh. Jeba', S. of Tell Dothan.
Gabaa of Benjamin. Gabaa 3.
Gabaa of Saul. Gabaa 3.
Gabaa of Phinees (Joshua 24:33; Ephraim), burial place of Eleazar, Aaron's son: perh. Jibî'a, N.W. of Jifneh.
Gabae (Joshua 21:17). See Gabaa 3.
Gabaon (Joshua 9:3, etc.; Benjamin): El-Jib, N.N.W. of Jerusalem.
Gabathon (Joshua 21:23, etc.; Dan), also Gebbethon: poss. Qibbîyeh, E. of Lydda.
Gabee (Joshua 18:24; 1 Chronicles 6:60). See Gabaa 3.
Gabim (Isaiah 10:31), wrongly interpreted as a proper name: seems to mean houses scattered in the country, outside of villages.
Gadara. A city of the Decapolis: Umm Keis, S. of the Yarmûk.
Gader (Joshua 12:13; S. Palestine), identical with Bethgader, 1 Chronicles 2:51; also identified by some with Gedor; by others with Gedera. Otherwise unknown.
Gaderoth (Joshua 15:41; 2 Chronicles 28:18; plain of Juda), poss. Qatrah, S.E. of Yebna (doubtful).
Gadgad (Numbers 33:32; D.V.: Mount Gadgad), is not a mountain; the Wâdy Ghãdhãghydh, S. of Qureîyeh, on the road from 'Ain Kedeis to the 'Aqâba Gulf, has been proposed, and the identification does not lack probability.
Gador (Joshua 15:58; mount. of Juda): Jedûr.
Galaad, 1. Country on the E. of the Jordan. 2 (Judges 12:7) should probably be completed, according to several Gr. Manuscripts: Maspha of Galaad.
Galgal, Galgala, 1. Place of the encampment of the Israelites in the Ghôr, commonly recognized in Tell Jeljûl, E. of Jericho. 2 (Joshua 12:23; 1 Maccabees 9:2), a Canaanite royal city: Jiljulîyeh, N.E. of Jaffa, or Qalqilîyeh, a little to the N. 3 (2 Kings 2:1, etc.) Jiljilîya, between Beitîn and Naplûs.
Gallim, 1 (Joshua 15:59; omitt. in Heb. and Vulg.) Beit Jâlâ, between Bettîr and Bethlehem. 2 (1 Samuel 25:44; Isaiah 10:30; Benjamin) Kh. el-'Adâse, or Beit Lejâ, N. of Jerusalem. 3 (Isaiah 15:8; Moab) Unknown; located by the Onomasticon 8 m. S. of Areopolis.
Gamzo (2 Chronicles 28:18): Jimzu, S.E. of Lydda.
Gareb (Jeremiah 31:39), a hill in or near Jerusalem. From the text it would seem the Jebel Neby Daûd is intended; many, however, identify it with J. Abû Tôr.
Garizim, mountain in the neighborhood of Sichem: J. et-Tôr, S. of Naplûs.
Gaulon (Joshua 20:8, etc.; E. Manasses), also Golan: probably Sãhem el-Jôlân, N. of the Wâdy el-Ehreir.
Gazara (1 Maccabees 7:45 etc.), later name for Gazer 1.
Gazer, 1. Tell Jezer, S. of Lydda. 2. See Jazer.
Gazera (1 Chronicles 14:16). See Gazer 1.
Geba. See Gabaa 1.
Gebal. See BYBLOS.
Gebbar (Ezra 2:20), for Gabaon.
Gebbethon. See Gabathon.
Gedera (Joshua 15:36; Sephela): poss. Kh. Jedîreh, S.E. of Lydda; or Qatrâ, S.E. of Jabneh.
Gederothaim (Joshua 15:36), poss. another reading for Gedera.
Gedor, 1 (Joshua 15:58; mount. of Juda) Kh. Jedûr, between Bethlehem and Hebron. 2 (1 Chronicles 12:7) Perhaps Gedor 1. 3 (1 Chronicles 4:39) Unknown. Some think Gerara is intended. 4 (1 Maccabees 15:39). See Cedron 1.
Genesar. See GENESARETH.
Gerara (Genesis 10:19, etc.). A city on the S.W. border of Palestine, commonly identified with Kh. Umm Jerâr, S. of Gaza.
Gerasa, 1 (Transjord.), Jerash. See GERASA. 2 A city supposed by Matthew 8:28, etc. (original text somewhat doubtful): poss. Kuren Jerâdeh, N. of the Wâdy Fîk, E. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Gerisim, A.V. for Garizim.
Gessen. Region in Lower Egypt, between the Pelusian arm of the Nile and the wilderness.
Gessur (1 Samuel 27:8, 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. Jôlân, even in the Ledjâh.
Gethaim (2 Samuel 4:3; Nehemiah 11:33; in or near Benjamin), identified by some with Ramleh.
Gethhepher (Joshua 19:13, etc.; Zabulon): El-Meshhad, N.E. of Nazareth.
Gethremmon, 1 (Joshua 19:45, etc.; Dan) possibly identical with Gethaim. 2 (Joshua 21:25; W. Manasses; 1 Chronicles 6:70, Heb. 55, Balaam). If the text of Jos. be preferred, Gethremmon might possibly be Kefr Rummân, N.W. of Sebastîyeh.
Gezer, Gezeron. See Gazer.
Gibeon, A.V. for Gabaon.
Gideroth. See Gaderoth.
Gihon. See JERUSALEM.
Gilo (Joshua 15:51; mount. of Juda), birthplace of Achitophel; unlikely supposed by some to be Kh. Jâlâ, or Beit Jâlâ, near Bethlehem; really unknown.
Gnidus (1 Maccabees 15:23; Acts 27:7), a city in Caria.
Gob (2 Samuel 21:18, 19). Unknown. Perhaps the text is corrupt.
Golan. See Gaulon.
Golgotha. See JERUSALEM.
Gomorrha (Genesis 14:2, etc.), a city of the Pentapolis. Site unknown.
Good-havens (Acts 27:8), Kalo Limniones, E. of C. Matala, on the S. coast of Crete.
Gortyne (1 Maccabees 15:23), a city in Crete.
Goaen (Joshua 15:51; mount. of Juda). Unknown.
Gullath (Judges 1:15; D.V. "the Upper and the Nether watery ground"); proper names, poss. referring to Seil ed-Dilbeh.
Gurbaal (2 Chronicles 26:7): Tell el-Ghûr, N. of Bersabee.
Haceldama. See JERUSALEM.
Hachila (1 Samuel 23:19, etc.), a hill on the S. of the wilderness of Ziph (Juda): might be Dahr el-Kôlâ, although the identification is by no means certain.
Hadassa (Joshua 15:37; plain of Juda), perh. 'Ebdis, or 'Eddis, E. of Ascalon.
Hadid (Ezra 2:33), identical with Adiada.
Hadrach (Zechariah 11:1); Assyr.: Hatarika, Hataraka, a town in Syria; unknown.
Hai, 1 (A.V. Genesis 12:8, etc.), prob. Kh. Haiyân, E. of Beitîn. 2 (Jeremiah 49:3), prob. an Ammonite city. Unknown.
Hala (2 Kings 17:6; 18:11), a place of exile of the Israelites in Assyria; Assyr.: Halahhu perh. Gla or Kalah, near the source of the Khabur.
Halcath (Joshua 19:25; 21:31): Yerkâ, N.E. of Acre.
Halhul (Joshua 15:58; mount. of Juda): Halhûl, N. of Hebron, near Beit Sûr.
Halicarnassus (q .v.).
Hammoth Dor (Joshua 21:32). See Hamon 1.
Hamon, 1 (1 Chronicles 6:76, Heb. 61; Nephtali): El-Hammâm, on the W. shore of the Lake of Tiberias. 2 (Joshua 19:28; Aser), poss. Kh. el-'Awâmîd, S. of Tyre.
Hanathon (Joshua 19:14; N. Zabulon): perh. Kefr' Anân.
Hanes (Isaiah 30:4), Egypt. Hininsu; Assyr.: Hiniinshi: a city in the Delta of the Nile, prob. Heracleopolis Parva of the classics: Ahnâs el-Medîneh.
Hapharaim (Joshua 19:19; Issachar), Egypt. Hapurama; Kh. el-Farrîyeh, between Mt. Carmel and Lejûn.
Haran. A town in Mesopotamia: Assyr.: Harranu, on the river Belikh, a confluent of the Euphrates.
Hares (Judges 1:35). 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.
Haroseth (Judges 4:2): El-Haritîyeh, on the right bank of the Cison, between Haifa and Nazareth.
Hasarsuhal (Joshua 15:28 etc.; S. Juda). Unknown.
Hasarsusim (Joshua 19:5; S. Simeon); might be Sûsîn or Beit Sûsîn, on the road from Gaza to Egypt.
Haserim (Deuteronomy 2:23), a common name meaning "the villages": Arab. Dwar.
Haseroth (Numbers 11:35), a station of the Israelites in their journey from Mt. Sinai to Cades: 'Ain Hadrâ, about eighteen hours N.E. of Mt. Sinai.
Hasersual. See Hasarsuhal.
Hasersusa. See Hasarsusim.
Hassemon (Joshua 15:27; 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 Naplûs, over against Mt. Garizim: Jebel Slîmâh.
Hebron (q .v.).
Hebrona (Numbers 33:34), a station of the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Holy Land: near Asiongaber.
Helam (2 Samuel 10:16, 17), an unknown Ammonite city.
Helba (Judges 1:31). See Ahalab.
Helbon (Ezekiel 27:18), a town in Syria renowned for its wine: Helbûn, on the E. slope of Anti-Lebanon, 12 m. N.W. of Damascus.
Helcath. See Halcath.
Heleph (Joshua 19:33; Nephtali), poss. Beit Lîf, halfway between L. Hûleh and the sea.
Heliopolis. See BAALBEK.
Helmondeblathaim. See Deblathaim.
Helon, 1 (1 Chronicles 6:58, Hebrew 43, Greek 57). See Holon. 2 (1 Chronicles 6:69, Heb. 54), for Aialon. 3 (Jeremiah 48:21; Ruben). Unknown.
Hemath (1 Chronicles 18:3, 9). See Emath.
Henoch (Genesis 4:17), the first city built by Cain and called after his first-born son; of course, entirely unknown.
Herma. See Horma 1.
Hermon. Mountain range on the N. border of Israel: Jebel el-Sheikh, or J. et-Telj.
Hesebon (Numbers 21:26, etc.; Moab). Hesbân.
Heser (1 Kings 9:15), the same as Asor 1.
Heshbon, A.V. for Hesebon.
Hesmona (Numbers 33:29; 34:4), station of the Israelites on their way from Cades to Asiongaber: in the neighbourhood of 'Ain Kôemeh.
Hesron, 1 (Joshua 15:3; S. Juda), prob. some Hasar. Unidentified. 2 (Joshua 15:25). See Asor 3.
Hethalon (Ezekiel 47:15; 48:1): either Heitela, N. of Tripoli of Syria; or more prob. Adlûn, N. of the Leontes, on the road from Tyre to Sidon.
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 Sherî'at el-Menadhîreh, or Yarmûk.
Hirsemes. See Bethsames.
Hoba (Genesis 14:15), N. of Damascus; the identifications proposed are very unsatisfactory.
Hodsi (2 Samuel 24:6), probably a copyist's mistake for Cedes.
Holon (Joshua 15:51; 21:15; 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 Nebî Harûn, S.W. of Petra, a most unlikely location; must be looked for in the neighbourhood 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-Shûqîf 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 (Joshua 19:38; Nephtali), Kh. el-Hûrâh, W. of L. Hûleh.
Horma, 1 (Numbers 14:45 etc.), formerly called Sephath: prob. Sbaite, N.N.E. of Cades. 2 (Joshua 19:29; Aser) Râmeh, S.E. of Tyre.
Hosa (Joshua 19:29; Aser. text doubtful), poss. Ezzìyat, S. of Tyre.
Hucac. See Halcath.
Hucuca (Joshua 19:34; Nephtali): Yaqûq, W. of Capharnaum, S.S.W. of Sâfed.
Hus (Job 1:1; Jeremiah 25:20; Lamentations 4:21; 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 (Numbers 21:11; 33:44), station of the Israelites in Moab: Kh. 'Ai, S.E. of Kerak.
India, I. (Esther 1:1) the region on the right bank of the Indus. 2. The text (1 Maccabees 8:8) seems to be at fault, and should perhaps be read Ionia.
Islands, refers to the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.
Iturea (Luke 3:1), originally the country of Jetur (1 Chronicles 1:51; 5:19), on the E. slope of Anti-Lebanon, N. of Damascus.
Jabes (1 Chronicles 2:55; Juda). Unknown.
Jabes Galaad (1 Samuel 11:1 etc.), poss. Ed-Deir near which there is a Wâdy Yâbîs.
Jabnia (2 Chronicles 26:6). See Jamnia.
Jaboc: Nahr es-Zerqâ, between the regions called Belqâ. and 'Ajlûn, E. of the Jordan.
Jacan. See Benejaacan.
Jachanan (Joshua 12:22), an unknown place about Mt. Carmel.
Jagur (Joshua 15:21; S. Juda). Unknown.
Jamnia (1 Maccabees 14:15, etc.), a town of the Sephela: Yebnâ.
Janoe, 1 (Joshua 15:6; 16:7; Ephraim): Yânûn, S.E. of Naplûs. 2 (2 Kings 15:29; Nephtali): Yânûh, E. of Tyre, according to some; more prob. Hûnûn, S. of the Merj 'Aiyûn.
Janum (Joshua 15:53; mount, of Juda), poss. Beni Naim, E. of Hebron.
Japhie (Joshua 19:12; Zabulon): Yâfâ, S.W. of Nazareth.
Jaramoth (Joshua 21:29; Issachar), called Ramoth in 1 Chronicles 6:73, Heb. 58). Unidentified.
Jarephel (Joshua 18:27; Benjamin): Râphât, N. of El-Jib.
Jasa (Numbers 21:23; Jeremiah 48:21; Moab. S., l. 19); Onomasticon: "between Madaba and Dibon": Umm el-Wâlîd (? Musil).
Jaser (Joshua 21:36). See Jasa. 2. See Jazer.
Jassa. See Jasa.
Jazer (Numbers 32:1, etc.; Transjord.), prob. Kh. Sâr, W. of Ammân.
Jeabarim (Numbers 21:11, etc.). See Ijeabarim.
Jeblaam (Joshua 17:11; Issachar); Egyptian: Ibra'amû: Kh. Bel'ameh, S. of Jenîn.
Jebnael (Joshua 19:33; Nephtali): Yemmâ, between Thabor and the S. end of the Lake of Tiberias.
Jebneel. See Jamnia.
Jeboc: the same as Jaboc.
Jebus. See JERUSALEM.
Jecmaam (1 Chronicles 6:68, Heb. 53), also Jecmaan (1 Kings 4:12). In the parallel list of Joshua 21:22, Cibsaim is to be found. Text doubtful.
Jecnam (Joshua 21:34; Zabulon): prob. Tell Qaimûn, E. of Mt. Carmel.
Jeconam (Joshua 19:11). See Jecnam.
Jectehel (2 Kings 14:7), name given to Petra by Amasias, King of Juda. See PETRA.
Jecthel (Joshua 15:38; Sephela). Unknown.
Jedala (Joshua 19:15; Zabulon): Jeidâ, S. of Bethlehem of Zabulon.
Jegbaa (Judges 8:11; Transjord.): Ajebîhât, E. of Es-Salt.
Jehoshaphat, A.V. for Josaphat.
Jemnaa. See Jamnia.
Jephtha (Joshua 15:43; plain of Juda). An unidentified place, S.E. of Beit Jibrîn.
Jerimoth. Jos x 23, 35; Sephela): Kh. Yarmûk, 6 m. N.N.E. of Beit Jibrîn.
Jerimuth (Nehemiah 11:29). See Jerimoth.
Jeron (Joshua 19:38; Nephtali): Yârûn, W. of L. Huleh.
Jesania (1 Kings 15:17): 'Ain Sinîya, N. of Beitîn. Perhaps should be read also instead of Sen, 1 Samuel 7:12.
Jesimon, 1 (Numbers 21:20; 23:28; Moab) desert N. of the Dead Sea, and E. of the lower Jordan. 2 (1 Samuel 23:15 etc.) country between the deserts of Ziph and of Maon, and Engaddi.
Jesse (Judith 1:9), for Gessen.
Jesue (Nehemiah 11:26; S. Juda): Kh. Sã'weh, E. of Bersabee.
Jeta (Joshua 21:16; Juda-Simeon): Yuttâ, S. of Hebron.
Jeteba (2 Kings 21:19), birthplace of Messalemeth, Manasses' wife, prob. in Juda, but unknown.
Jetebatha (Deuteronomy 10:7), station of the Israelites between Cades and Asiongaber. Unknown.
Jethela (Joshua 19:42; Dan): Beit Tûl, S.E. of Yalô.
Jether (Joshua 15:48; mount. of Juda): 'Attîr, between Hebron and Bersabee.
Jethnam (Joshua 15:23; S. Juda). Unknown.
Jethson (Joshua 21:36). So Vulg., prob. by mistake; in other texts, Cademoth.
Jezer. See Jazer.
Jezrael, 1 (Joshua 17:16, etc.; Issachar): Zerã'în, S.W. of Jebel Nebî Dahî (Little Hermon). 2 (Joshua 15:56; 1 Samuel 27:3; Juda), in the neighbourhood of Carmel and Ziph. Unknown.
Jim (Jeremiah 26:18; S. Juda): perh. Beit 'Awwâ, not far from Bersabee.
Joppe. See JAFFA.
Josaphat (Joel, iii, 2, 12), prob. an allegorical name: "the valley wherein Yahweh shall judge".
Jota (Joshua 15:55). See Jeta.
Jucadam (Joshua 15:56; mount. of Juda): apparently S.E. of Hebron. Unidentified.
Jud (Joshua 19:45; Dan): El-Yehûdîyeh. N. of Lydda.
Laban (Deuteronomy 1:1), station of the Israelites in their journey from Sinai to Cades. Unknown.
Labanath (Joshua 19:26), is separated in Vulg. from preceding word, to which it should be joined: Sihor Labanath. See Sihor.
Lacedemon (2 Maccabees 5:9). See SPARTA.
Lahela (1 Chronicles 5:26), a mistake for "to Hala", a region of Assyria.
Lahem (1 Chronicles 4:22; the text is not clear). Unknown.
Lais. See DAN.
Laisa (Isaiah 10:30; 1 Maccabees 9:5): Kh. Q'âqûl, W. of 'Anâta
Lampsacus (1 Maccabees 15:23), a city of Mysia, on the Hellespont, possibly a mistake for Sampsame: Samsûn, a little seaport between Sinope and Trebizond, on the Black Sea.
Laodicea. (Colossians 2:1, etc.).
Lebaoth (Joshua 15:32). See Beth Leba'ôth.
Lebna, 1 (Numbers 33:20) a station of the Israelites in the journey from Sinai to Cades. Unknown. 2 (Joshua 10:31; Sephela): poss. Kh. el-Benâwy, 10 m. S.E. of Lachis.
Lebona (Judges 21:19): El-Lûbbân, S. of Naplûs.
Lehi (Judges 15:17; D.V. "jawbone"): Kh. 'Ain el-Lehî has been proposed, but is very doubtful; the above Arab. name seems to be rather 'Ain 'Allek.
Lecum (Joshua 19:33; Nephtali) site unknown, probably in the neighbourhood of L. Huleh.
Leheman (Joshua 15:40; plain of Juda), Kh. el-Lahm, S. of Beit Jibrîn.
Lesa (Genesis 10:19), poss. Callirrhoe (St. Jerome): Hammâm ez-Zerqâ, E. of the Dead Sea.
Lesem (Joshua 19:47). See DAN.
Lobna (Joshua 21:13), the same as Lebna 2.
Lod (1 Chronicles 8:12, etc.): El-Lûdd. See SEBASTE.
Lodabar (2 Samuel 9:4, etc.; Transjord.) Greek has Daibon: text unsettled.
Luith (Isaiah 15:5; Jeremiah 48:5; Moab): Kh. Fâs (Musil); Nûchîn (de Saulcy); hardly identified.
Luza, 1 (Genesis 28:19, etc.), an old name for Bethel. 2 (Judges 1:26) A city of the Hethites, perh. Lûweizîyeh, N.W. of Tell el-Qâdî.
Lyda (1 Maccabees 11:34), Lydda (Acts 9:32, etc.). Lod.
Lystra. 1 (Acts 14:8, etc.), a city of Lycaonia: Khatyn Seraî. 2 (Acts 27:5), in some Manuscripts, a mistake for Myra in Lycia.
Maara of the Sidonians (Joshua 13:4): possibly "the cave" of Jezzîn, about 9 m. E. of Sidon; but the text seems corrupt and should perhaps be read: "from Gaza to Sidon".
Macces (1 Kings 4:9; Dan). Unknown.
Maceda (Joshua 10:10, etc.), poss. El-Mûghâr, in the neighbourhood of Accaron.
Maceloth (Numbers 33:25), station of the Israelites on the journey from Sinai to Cades: prob. Maqehelat.
Machbena (2 Chronicles 2:49), prob. the same as Chebbon.
Machmas (1 Samuel 13:2, etc. Benjamin): Mikhmâs N. of Jerusalem.
Machmethath (Joshua 16:7, etc., limit of Ephraim and W. Manasses), perhaps not a city, but a region, poss. the Plain of El-Makhnâh (Guthe).
Machtesh (Soph., i, 11; D.V.: "the Mortar"), a place near Jerusalem, "the Valley of Siloe" (St. Jerome).
Madmena (1 Chronicles 2:49). See Medemena.
Madon (Joshua 11:1, etc.) perh. should be read Maron; poss. Kh. Madîn, W. of Tiberias, or Meiron, N.W. of Sâfed.
Magala (1 Samuel 17:20; 26:57), wrongly interpreted by Vulg. as a proper name; means a fenced encampment.
Magdal, 1 (Exodus 14:2, etc.): perh. Serapeum. 2 (Jeremiah 44:1, etc.) perh. the same; poss. Tell es-Semût, near Pelusium.
Magdala (Matthew 15:39; Mark 8:10; text not certain): El-Mejdel; on the W. shore of the Lake of Tiberias.
Magdalel (Joshua 19:38; Nephtali): poss. El-Mejdel; according to the Onomasticon, Athlit.
Magdalgal (Joshua 15:37; Sephela), Assyr.: Magdilu; either El-Mejdel, near Ascalon, or El-Mejeleh, S. of Beit Jibrîn.
Magedan (Matthew 15:39). See Magdala, Dalmanutha.
Mageddo, Mageddon. See MAGEDDO.
Mageth (1 Maccabees 5:26, 36; Transjord.): prob. Kh. el-Mukatîyeh, W. of the confluence of the Rûqqâd and the Yarmûk.
Magron, 1 (1 Samuel 14:2), prob. a common name indicating the top of the hill on the slope of which Jeba' is built. 2 (Isaiah 10:28): poss. Makrûn, N.W. of Mikhmâs.
Mahanaim: Kh. Malneb, S.W. of Hauran, in the Jebel 'Ajlûn, N. of the Jaboc.
Mahane Dan (Judges 13:25; 18:12), a place W. of Cariathiarim.
Mallos (2 Maccabees 4:30), a city of Cilicia.
Mambre. See Hebron.
Manaim (Joshua 13:26, etc.). See Mahanaim.
Maon, 1 (Joshua 15:55; S. Juda): Kh. Ma'în. 2 (Judges 10:12), perhaps Ma'ân, E. of Petra; text poss. corrupt.
Mara (Exodus 15:23), station of the Israelites between Egypt and Mt. Sinai, perh. 'Ain Hawâra, or Wâdy Mereira.
Maresa, a city in the Sephela; the name is preserved in Kh. Maresh, near Beit Jibrîn; the site was prob. in Tell Sandahanna, a little S.E. of Kh. Maresh.
Mareth (Joshua 15:59: mount. of Juda), poss. Beit Ummâr, S.S.W. of Bethlehem.
Maroth (Micah 1:12). Unknown, although some deem it to be identical with Mareth.
Masal (Joshua 19:26 etc.; Aser): perh. Khan Mithilîya, S.W. of Mt. Carmel.
Masaloth (1 Maccabees 9:2), prob. a common name meaning "the steps" i.e. the steps of the caves of Arbella.
Masepha (Joshua 15:38; Sephela): Tell es-Safîyeh, 7 m. N.W. of Beit Jibrîn.
Maserephoth (Joshua 11:8; 13:6). Unknown. Perhaps 'Ain Musherfi, on the Mediterranean shore, S. of Râs en-Nâqûra.
Maspha, Masphath, 1. Of Benjamin: site much disputed: Shâ'fat, Nebî Samwîl, El-Bîreh, 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-Safîyeh. 4. Of Moab (1 Samuel 32:3, 4). Unknown.
Masphe. See Maspha of Galaad.
Masreca (Genesis 36:36; 1 Chronicles 1:47), N. of Idumea.
Matthana. Station of the Israelites in their journey through Moab; possibly Mechatta.
Meddin (Joshua 15:61; wilderness of Juda). Unknown.
Medemena, 1 (Joshua 15:31; S. Juda). Unknown. 2 (Isaiah 10:31; Benjamin): Kh. el-Qarâmi, N. of Jerusalem.
Megiddo. See MAGEDDO.
Mejarcon (Joshua 19:46; Dan), poss. the Nahr el-'Aujeh, betw. Joppe and Arecon.
Melita, A.V. for Malta.
Melothi (Judith 2:3, Vulg. only), perhaps Melitine of Cappadocia.
Mennith (Judges 11:33). Onomasticon: at a short distance from Hesebon; poss. Umm el-Qenâfîd.
Mephaath (Joshua 13:18): Nef'â, S.S.E. of Ammân.
Merala (Joshua 11:19, Zabuton): prob. Ma'lûl, S.W. of Nazareth.
Merom (Waters of). Lake Hûleh.
Meroz (Judges 5:23): poss. El-Mahrûneh, between Dothân and Kûbatîyeh; or El-Mûrassas, near Beisân.
Merrha (Bar., iii, 23). Unknown. Perhaps we should read Madian.
Mesphe (Joshua 18:26), for Maspha of Benjamin.
Messa (Genesis 10:30), in Arabia. Unknown.
Messal (Joshua 19:26). See Masal.
Methca (Numbers 33:28), station of the Israelites in the journey from Sinai to Cades. Unknown.
Misor (Joshua 21:36), not found in the Hebr.; poss. a mistake.
Mitylene (Acts 20:14), in the island of Lesbos: Metelin.
Mochona (Nehemiah 11:28; Juda): Kh. el-Moqenna.
Modin, the birthplace of the Machabees; generally admitted to be El-Medieh, E. of Lydda.
Molada (Joshua 15:26; S. Juda), perh. Tell el-Milh, between Bersabee and the Dead Sea.
Moresheth Gath (Micah 1:1, etc.), birthplace of Micheas, E. of Eleutheropolis. Unidentified.
Mortar (Soph., i, 11). See Machtesh.
Mosel (Ezekiel 17:19). As such, not a proper name; should be understood: "from Uzal".
Mosera (Deuteronomy 10:6). See Moseroth.
Moseroth (Numbers 33:30), station of the Israelites in the journey from Cades to Asiongaber. Unidentified.
Myndus (1 Maccabees 15:23), a city in Caria, between Miletus and Halicarnassus.
Myra (Acts 27:5), not in the Vulg., but should be read instead of Lystra.
Naalol (Joshua 19:15, etc.; Zabulon), prob. Ma'lûl, E. of Nazareth.
Naama, 1 (Joshua 15:41; Sephela): perh. Na'ameh, S. of Lydda and E. of Jabneh. 2 (Job 2:11); there was prob. a city of that name in Nabathea. Unknown.
Naaratha (Joshua 16:7; E. Ephraim), poss. Tell Tahtâni, N. of Jericho.
Naas (1 Chronicles 4:12; Juda), perh. Deir Nâbâs, N.E. of Beit Jibrîn.
Naasson (Tobit 1:1), prob. Aser 2.
Nahaliel (Numbers 21:19), station of the Israelites E. of the Dead Sea, near the Arnon. Wâdy Enkeile (? Robinson).
Naim (Luke 7:11): Naîn, on the N.W. slope of the Jebel Dahy.
Naioth (1 Samuel 19:18, etc.), "in Ramatha". Otherwise unknown.
Neapolis (Acts 16:11; 20:6), a city in Macedonia: Kavalla.
Neballat (Nehemiah 11:34): Beit Nebâla, N. of Lydda.
Nebo, 1 Mountain N. of Moab: Jebel Nebâ. 2 (Numbers 32:3; Moabite Stone, l. 14), a town about the Jebel Nebâ.
Nebsan (Joshua 15:62; desert of Juda, near the Dead Sea). Unknown.
Neceb (Joshua 19:33, in the Vulg.; Nephtali). See Adami.
Nehelescol. See Escol.
Nehiel (Joshua 19:27; Aser). Some: Kh. Yânîn, E. of Acre; others: Mi'âr.
Nemra (Numbers 32:3). See Bethnemra.
Nemrim (Isaiah 15:6; Jeremiah 48:34): Wâdy Nemeira, S.E. of the Dead Sea; there is a Kh. Nemeira.
Nephath Dor. See Dor.
Nephtoa (Joshua 15:9; Juda-Benjamin): Liftâ, N.W. of Jerusalem.
Nesib (Joshua 15:43; Sephela): Beit Nâsîb, E. of Eleutheropolis.
Nethuphati (Nehemiah 12:28). See Netupha.
Netupha (1 Chronicles 2:54, etc.; Juda): prob. Beit Nettîf, N.E. of Eleutheropolis.
Nicopolis (Titus 3:12), a city in Epirus: Paleoprevyza.
Nineveh, A.V. for Ninive.
No, No Amon (Nahum 3:8; Ezekiel 30:14); not Thebes of Upper Egypt, but Thebes in the Delta (Diospolis): Tell Balamûn.
Noa (Joshua 19:23; Zabulon). Unknown.
Nob (Nehemiah 11:32; Benjamin): Beit Nûbâ, between 'Anâta and Jerusalem.
Nobe, 1 (Judges 8:11; Transjord.). Unknown. 2 (1 Samuel 21:1, etc.). See Nob. 3 (Numbers 32:42). See Canath.
Nophe (Numbers 21:30; Moab): text doubtful.
Nopheth (Joshua 17:11), a town, according to Vulg.; the clause should be rendered: "three villages".
Noran. See Naaratha.
Oboth (Numbers 33:43). Station of the Israelites in the journey from Asiongaber to the frontiers of Moab; prob. Wâdy Weibeh, N. of Fenân.
Odollam: prob. Kh. 'Aid el-Mîeh; the cave is near the summit of the S. hill.
Odullam. See ADULLAM.
Olon (Joshua 15:51). See Holon.
On. See BAALBEK.
Ono (1 Chronicles 8:12; Dan); Egyptian: Aunau; Kefr Anâ, between Lydda and Jaffa.
Ophel (2 Chronicles 27:3), a part of Jerusalem.
Opher (2 Kings 14:25). See Gethhepher.
Ophera (Joshua 18:23). See Ephra 2.
Ophni (Joshua 18:24); Benjamin: perhaps Jifneh, N.W. of Beitîn.
Oreb (Judges 7:25, etc.): poss. 'Osh el-Ghûrâb, between the Jebel Qarantâl and the Jordan.
Oronaim (Isaiah 15:5; Jeremiah 48:3, etc.; Moabite Stone, l, 32): Wâdy Ghûweir (Conder): would seem rather S. of the Arnon.
Orontes, great river of Syria: Nahr el-'Asî.
Orthosias (q.v. I Mach., xv, 37).
Ozensara (1 Chronicles 7:24): perhaps Beit Sîrâ, W.S.W. of Lower Bethoron.
Paphos (q.v. Acts 13:6, etc.), in Cyprus: Baffo.
Paros. 1 Chronicles 29:2; Esth., i, 6, speak of "marble of Paros"; but this is not to be found in the original; only "white stone".
Patara (Acts 21:1-3), a city in Lycia: Jelemish.
Patmos. One of the Sporades, S. of Samos, W. of Miletus: Patino.
Pelusium (Ezekiel 30:15, 16); Copt.: Peremun, Pelusiu, a city N.E. of the Delta of the Nile, on the branch called, after the name of the city, Pelusiac: Sâ el-Haggâr.
Pentapolis. Region of the five cities: Sodom, Gomorrha, Adama, Seboim, in the Valley of Siddim.
Pergamus (Revelation 1:11; 2:12), metropolis of the prov. of Asia: Bergamo, or Bergama.
Perge (Acts 13:13), second city of the prov. of Pamphilia: Murtana.
Persepolis. Whether it is spoken of in II Mach., xix, 2, is doubtful.
Phalti. See Bethphalet.
Phanuel (Genesis 32:30, etc.; Transjord.), Egyptian: Penualu; on the banks of the Jaboc. Site uncertain.
Phara (1 Maccabees 9:50): the text seems uncertain; perhaps the same as Pharaton.
Pharan. General term to designate the wilderness between Sinai and Palestine.
Pharaton (Judges 12:13, etc.): birthplace of Abdon, one of the Judges of Israel. Prob. Fer'ata, 7 m. S.W. of Naplûs.
Pharphar, river of Damascus: Nahr el-'Awaj.
Phaselis (1 Maccabees 15:23): a city of Asia Minor on the borders of Lycia and Pamphilia.
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 Siâghâh, W. and at a very short distance of the Jebel Nebâ.
Phatures (Isaiah 11:11; Jeremiah 44:1, etc.): Egyptian: Patarisi. Upper Egypt.
Phau (Genesis 36:39; 1 Chronicles 1:50): Phau'ârâ has been proposed.
Phesdommim (1 Samuel 17:11; 1 Chronicles 11:13): poss. Dâmîm, on the road from Jerusalem to Beit Jibrîn, N. of Shûweikeh.
Phihahiroth (Exodus 14:29; Numbers 33:7); Egyptian: Pikeheret. A station of the Israelites in their flight from Egypt. Unidentified.
Phinon. See Phunon.
Phithom, a town in Lower Egypt: Tell el-Maskhûtâ, W. of Lake Timsab.
Phogor, 1 Mountain N. of the Abarim range, variously identified: El-Mareighât, Tell-Matâba, El-Benât. 2 See Bethphogor. 3 (Joshua 15:60, Greek): one of the 11 cities added in the Greek to the list of the Hebrew: Kh. Beit Foghûr, S.W. of Bethlehem.
Phrygia. See ASIA MINOR.
Phunon (Numbers 33:42), a station of the Israelites on the journey from Asiongaber to Moab: Kh. Fenân, on the edge of the 'Araba.
Pontus, territory N.E. of Asia Minor, on the shore of the Black Sea.
Ptolemais (1 Maccabees 12:48, etc.): Greek name of Acre.
Puteoli (Acts 28:13), a seaport near Naples: Pozzuoli.
Qibroth Hatthawah (Numbers 11:3; D.V.: "graves of lust"), station of the Israelites on their journey from Sinai to Cades: possibly in Wâdy Khbebeh.
Qir Moab (Isaiah 15:1; D.V.: "the wall of Moab"), a proper name: Kerak.
Qir Heres (Isaiah 16:7, etc.; D.V.: "brick walls"; Moabite Stone, 1, 3). See Qir Moab.
Rabba, Rabbath Ammon, principal city of the Ammonites: Ammân. See PHILADELPHIA.
Rabboth Moab. See Ar.
Rabboth (Joshua 19:20; Issachar): Râbâ, 7 m. S.E. of Jenîn.
Rachal (1 Samuel 30:29; Septuag.: "in Carmel"). A city in S. Juda; the text, however, is doubtful, and several commentators prefer the Greek reading.
Ragau (Judith 1:5, 15): a prov. in Media.
Rages (Tobit 1:14, etc.): principal city in Ragau: Rai, S.E. of Teheran.
Rama, 1 Of Aser: prob. Râmîâ, 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 Sâfed. See Arama. 5 Of Samuel. Some: Ram-Allâh 3 m. S.W. of Beitîn; others: Beit Rîmâ, 13 m. E.N.E. of Lydda; others: Ramleh; more probably Rentis, W. of Beit Rîmâ. 6 Of Simeon: possibly Kubbet el-Baul, S. of Hebron.
Ramatha, birthplace of Samuel. See Rama 5.
Ramathaim Sophim. See Rama 5.
Ramesses (Genesis 47:11; Lower Egypt). The site has not yet been identified; some see it in San, the Tanis of the ancients; others in Es-Salihîeh.
Rameth. See Jaramoth.
Ramoth, 1 Of Galaad, usually called in the Bible Ramoth Galaad: perhaps Reimûn (Conder); more probably Es-Salt. 2 See Jaramoth.
Ramoth Masphe. See Ramoth of Galaad.
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-Bûqei'a.
Raphidim (Exodus 17:8, etc.). A station of the Israelites in their journey from the Red Sea to Sinai; may correspond to Wâdy 'Erphâîd.
Raphon (1 Maccabees 5:37; Transjord.): poss. Er-Râfe, E. of the Jerb el-Hajj.
Rebla, 1 (Numbers 34:11): N. boundary of Israel; its site is much disputed: 'Arbîn, N.E. of Damascus; Rebleh, between Baalbek and Homs; Halibna or Zôr Ramlîeh being proposed, the latter with perhaps more probability. 2 Also called
Reblatha (2 Kings 25:6, etc.): Rebleh, in the Beqâ'a
Reccath (Joshua 19:35; Nephtali): an old name of Tiberias, according to the Talmud.
Recem (Joshua 18:27; Benjamin). Unidentified.
Recha (1 Chronicles 4:12). Unknown.
Rechoboth (Genesis 36:37), a well near Bersabee: Naqb er-Rûbâ'i (?).
Remmon, 1 (Joshua 15:32, etc.; S. Juda): prob. Kh. Umm er-Rummâmîn, N. of Bersabee. 2 (Joshua 19:13; Zabulon): Rummâneh, N. of Nazareth.
Remmono (1 Chronicles 6:77, Heb. 62): see Remmon 2.
Remmonphares (Numbers 33:19), station of the Israelites on their journey from Sinai to Cades. Unknown.
Rephidim, A.V. for Raphidim.
Resen (Genesis 10:12), one of the four cities which made up Greater Ninive: poss. Selamîyeh.
Reseph (2 Kings 19:12; Assyria); Assyr.: Rasapa: identified with Rusâfâ, between Palmyra and the Euphrates.
Ressa (Numbers 33:21), station of the Israelites, between Sinai and Cades: Wâdy Suweiqâ (?).
Rethma (Numbers 33:18), another station in the same neighbourhood. Unknown.
Rhegium (Acts 27:40): Reggio di Calabria.
Rhodes (I Mach., xv, 23; Acts 21:1).
Rogelim (2 Samuel 17:27, etc.; Galaad). Unknown.
Rohob, 1 (Numbers 13:22, etc.), in the neighbourhood of Cæsarea Philippi: poss. Hibbarîyeh. 2 (Joshua 19:23; Aser): prob. Tell er-Râhîb, at a short distance from Sidon. 3 (Joshua 19:30; Judges 1:31), near the Sea and the Cison. Unknown.
Rohoboth. See Rechoboth.
Ruma, 1 (Joshua 15:52: should be Duma; S. Juda): Ed-Dôme, S.E. of Eleutheropolis. 2 (2 Kings 23:36). Unknown.
Saananim (Joshua 19:33; Nephtali): poss. Sin en-Nâbrâ, S. of the Lake of Tiberias.
Saarim (Joshua 15:36; 5. Simeon): prob. identical with Sarohen.
Sabama (Joshua 13:19; Ruben): poss. Shânâb, N.W. of Hesbân.
Saban. See Sabama.
Sabarim, 1 (Joshua 7:5; D.V.: "quarries"), on the descent from Hai towards the Ghôr. Unknown. 2 (Ezekiel 47:16), a town in Syria "between the border of Damascus and the border of Emath."
Sabee (Joshua 19:2; Simeon); text not certain.
Sachacha (Joshua 15:61; desert of Juda): prob. Kh. es-Sikkheh.
Salebim (Joshua 19:42, etc.; Dan): Kh. Selbît, N.W. of Yâlô.
Salecha (Deuteronomy 3:10, etc.; E. limit of Basan): Salkhâd, S. of Jebel Hauran.
Salem, 1 (Genesis 14:18), commonly identified with Jerusalem; this identification, however, is far from certain. 2 (Genesis 33:18), perhaps not a proper name; if one, Salim, E. of Naplûs.
Salim (John 3:23). See ÆNON.
Salmona (Numbers 33:41), station of the Israelites in the journey from Asiongaber to Moab; must be between the Gulf of 'Aqâba and Kh. Fenân. Unidentified.
Salmone (Acts 27:7), a promontory at the N.E. end of Crete: C. Sidero.
Sama (Joshua 19:2; S. Juda): perhaps Saba should be read; might be Tell es-Seba', E. of Bersabee.
Samaraim (Joshua 18:22; Benjamin): prob. Kh. es-Sumrâ, 5 m. N. of Jericho.
Samir, 1 (Joshua 15:48; mount. of Juda): poss. Kh. Sômerâh, S.W. of Hebron. 2 (Judges 10:1, 2), the home and burial place of Tola: Sanûr (?), between Samaria and Engannim.
Samothracia, an island in the Ægean Sea, S. of the Coast of Thracia, N.W. of Troas.
Sanan (Joshua 15:37; Sephela): perhaps the same city as indicated in Mich., i, 11 (D.V.: "pass away"): Senân.
Sanir. Name given to Mt. Hermon by the Amorrheans.
Saphon (Joshua 13:27; Gad). Some: El-Hammeh; others: Tell Amâteh, N. of the Jaboc.
Saraa (Joshua 15:33, etc.; Dan): Sûr'ah, W. of Jerusalem.
Saraim (Joshua 15:36; plain of Juda): Kh. Sa'îreh, N.E. of Zanû'a.
Sarathasar (Joshua 13:19; Ruben): Sârâ, a little S. of the Zerqâ.
Sardis (Revelation 3:1), principal city of Lycia.
Sarea. See Saraa.
Sared. See Sarid.
Sareda. Prob. Sarthan.
Saredatha. See Sarthan.
Sarephta, Sarepta (1 Kings 17:9, etc.): Sarafend, about 8 m. S. of Sidon.
Sarid (Joshua 19:10; Zabulon): poss. Tell Shâdûd, S.W. of Nazareth.
Sarion. Name given by the Sidonians to Mt. Hermon.
Sarohen (Joshua 19:6; S. Simeon): prob. Tell esh-Sherî'ah. N.W. of Bersabee.
Saron, 1 Maritime plain between Jaffa and Mt. Carmel. 2 Country between Mt.Thabor and the Lake of Tiberias. 3 (1 Chronicles 5:16): either some region E. of the Jordan, or 1.
Sarona (Acts 9:35). See Saron 1.
Sarthan, Sarthana (Joshua 3:16, etc.): poss. Qarn Sartabeh, W. of the Jordan, S. of the Wâdy Fâr'a.
Scorpion (Ascent of the). See Acrahim.
Scythopolis (2 Maccabees 12:30): Beisân. See BETHSAN.
Seboim, I (Genesis 10:19, etc.). A city of the Pentapolis. 2 (1 Samuel 13:18). A valley leading from the Ghôr to the heights of Machmas (Benjamin): Wâdy Abû Dâba', which debouches into the Wâdy el-Kelt.
Sechrona (Joshua 15:11; N. Juda): Kh. Sukereir (?).
Sedada (Numbers 34:8): prob. Kh. Serâdâ, E. of the Merj 'Aiyûn.
Segor (Genesis 13:10), generally identified with Es-Safîyeh, in the Ghôr of the same name, S. of the Dead Sea.
Sehesima (Joshua 19:22; Issachar), prob. E. of Mt.Thabor. Unknown.
Seir, 1 (Genesis 36:8, etc.) practically synonymous with Edom: the mountainous region between the S. end of the Dead Sea, the Wâdy el-Emâz and the Wâdy Ar'ârah. 2 (Joshua 15:10), a point defining the limit of Juda, S.W. of Cariathiarim.
Seira (2 Kings 8:21; Edom), poss. Ez-Zûweireh, W. of the S. end of the Dead Sea.
Seirath (Judges 3:26), likely in the hill-country of Ephraim, and not far from Galgala. Site unknown.
Sela, 1. See PETRA. 2 (Judges 1:36): prob. Cades. 3 (Joshua 18:23; Benjamin): poss. Kh. Tabaqât, at a short distance S.E. of Tell el-Fûl.
Selcha. See Salecha.
Selebin. See Salebim.
Seleucia (q.v. I Mach., xi, 8; Acts 13:4).
Selim (Joshua 15:32; 5. Juda), prob. the same as Sarohen.
Selmon, 1 (Judges 9:48): prob. Sheikh Selmân, S.W. of Mt. Garizim. 2 (Ps. lxviii, 14): the text is not altogether certain; perhaps the Asalmanus of Ptolemy: Jebel Hauran.
Semeron, 1 (Joshua 19:15, etc.; Zabulon): perh. Semûnîyeh, 5 m. W. of Nazareth; or Es-Semeirîyeh, 3 m. N. of Acre. 2 (2 Chronicles 13:4): a hill S. of Beitîn.
Sene (1 Samuel 14:4), one of two conspicuous rocks on the way from the Wâdy Sûweinît, which seems to have retained the name, to Machmas.
Senna. See Sin 2.
Sennaar: prob. Upper and Lower Babylonia.
Sennim. See Saananim.
Sensenna (1 Chronicles 4:31); Joshua 19:5, has Hasersusa, prob. identical.
Seon (Joshua 19:19; Issachar): 'Ayûn esh-Shâ'în (?), N.W. of Mt.Thabor.
Sephaath (Judges 1:17; S. Juda): prob. Sbaite.
Sephama (Numbers 34:10, 11), N. limit of the Holy Land; prob. Ofânî, S.E. of Banîyas.
Sephamoth (1 Samuel 30:28; S. Juda), near Aroer. Unknown.
Sephar (Genesis 10:30), 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.
Sepharvaim (2 Kings 17:24, etc.): poss. Sippar, in Babylonia: mod. Abû Habbâ; more prob. a city in Syria, poss. Sabarim 2.
Sephata (2 Chronicles 14:9-10): text unsettled. Some: Tell es-Safîyeh; others: a valley near Maresa; others, with Sept. "northwards".
Sephela: maritime plain from Jaffa to the "torrent of Egypt".
Sepher (Numbers 33:23), a station of the Israelites in their journey between Sinai and Cades: prob. the defiles of the Jebel 'Arâîf.
Sephet (Tobit 1:1; Aser): poss. Sâfed, in Upper Galilee.
Ser (Joshua 19:35; Nephtali). Unknown.
Sesach (Jeremiah 25:26; 51:41), cryptographic name of Babylon, according to the system called the Athbash (i.e.: Aleph=Thau; Beth=Shin; etc.).
Setim, Settim. See Abel.
Siceleg (Joshua 15:31, etc.; S. Simeon): prob. Kh. Zûheilîqâ, N. of the Wâdy esh-Sherî'a.
Sichar (John 4:5), very prob. Sahel 'Askar, E. of Naplûs.
Sicyon (1 Maccabees 15:23), a town N.W. of Corinth, on the Gulf of Corinth.
Siddim (Genesis 16:3, etc.; D.V.: "Woodland Vale"): plain of the Pentapolis, believed to be about the Dead Sea, perhaps towards the S. end.
Side (1 Maccabees 15:23), 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 21:19): Seilûn. See ARK.
Siloe. See SILOE; JERUSALEM.
Sin, 1. Desert in the Sinaitic Peninsula, through which the Israelites went on leaving Egypt: Debbet er-Ramleh. 2. Egypt: Sun: Pelusium.
Sion, 1. See JERUSALEM. 2. Another name for Mt. Hermon.
Sior (Joshua 15:44; mount. of Juda): Sâ'îr, N.N.E. of Hebron.
Sis (2 Chronicles 20:16), a steep passage from Engaddi up to the desert above: prob. Wâdy Hâsâsâ.
Soba, Assyr.: Subiti; a region in Syria, possibly S. of Damascus, in the neighbourhood of the Jebel Hauran.
Sobal (Judith 3:1, 14; Psalm 59:2), for Soba.
Soccoth, 1. (Exodus 12:37) first station of the Israelites on leaving Ramesses, poss. about Ismailiya or El-Gisr. 2 (Genesis 33:17, etc.; Gad); prob. Tell Dar'âla, N. of the Nahr ez-Zerqâ.
Socho, 1 (1 Samuel 17:1), where David overcame Goliath: Kh. esh-Shuweikeh, N.E. of Eleutheropolis. 2 (Joshua 15:48; mount. of Juda): prob. Kh. esh-Shuweikeh, S.W. of Hebron. 3. See Soccoth 2.
Sochot, Sochoth. See Soccoth 2.
Sorec (Judges 16:4, etc.), a valley famous in the story of Samson; prob. the Wâdy es-Sarâr; the name has been preserved in the neighbouring Kh. Sûriq.
Sual (1 Samuel 13:17), a place which seems to have been in the N. of Benjamin.
Suba. See Soba.
Sunam, Sunem (Joshua 19:18, etc.; Issachar): Sûlem, at the foot of Jebel Dâhy, 4 m. N. of Zerâ'în.
Sur, 1. Desert E. of Egypt, also called Desert of Etham, perhaps around Tharu, which the Egyptians considered their E. frontier. 2 (Judges 2:28), perhaps another form of the name Tyre (Hebr. Çûr).
Susa, Susan. See SUSA.
Taberah (A.V.). See Qibroth Hatthawah.
Tanis, a city in the Delta of the Nile: Zoan.
Taphna, a town in Lower Egypt, in the neighbourhood of Tanis and Pelusium: Tell Defenne.
Taphua, 1 (Joshua 15:34; Sephela). Unknown. 2 (Joshua 12:17): "between Bethel and Epher". Unidentified. 3 (Joshua 16:8, etc.), on the borders of Ephraim and Manasse, perh. the same as Taphua 2.
Tebbath (Judges 7:22), a city in the Ghôr, near Abelmehula. Unidentified.
Telaim (1 Samuel 15:4; D.V.: "as lambs"): prob. Telem.
Telem (Joshua 15:24; S. Juda), S. of Tell el-Milh, there is a tribe of Arabs whose name, Dhâllâm, bears analogy with the present Biblical name; moreover, all the district of Molada is called Tûlam (Schwartz), possibly also a relic of the old name.
Temptation (Exodus 17:7, etc.). See Raphidim.
Terebinth (Valley of; 1 Samuel 17:2, etc.): between Socho and Azeca, most prob. Wâdy es-Sant.
Thabor, 1. Mountain (q.v.). 2 (Joshua 19:22; Judges 8:18; Issachar). Unknown. 3 (1 Chronicles 6:77; Zabulon); in Joshua 21:28, instead of Thabor, we read Daberath: Debûrîyeh.
Thacasin (Joshua 19:13; Zabulon): possibly Corozain.
Thadmor. See PALMIRA.
Thahath (Numbers 33:26), given as a station of the Israelites in their journey from Sinai to Cades; poss. a gloss added to the text.
Thalassa (Acts 27:8), a city in Crete, near Good-havens.
Thalassar (Isaiah 37:12), a region in W. Mesopotamia, prob. along the Euphrates, between Balis and Birejik.
Thaleha (Joshua 19:7, Septuagint), for Ether.
Thamar (Ezekiel 47:19; 48:28): poss. Thamara of the classics, and Thamaro of the Peutinger Table, on the road from Hebron to Elath.
Thamna, 1 (Judges 14:1, 25; Benjamin) Kh. Tibneh, W. of 'Ain Shems. 2 (Genesis 38:12-14; Joshua 15:57; N. Juda); Assyr.: Tamna; perh. Tibneh, N.W. of Jebâ'a; more prob. Tibnâh, S.E. of Deir Abân.
Thamnata (1 Maccabees 9:50), between Bethel and Pharathon: poss. El-Taiyebeh, or Tammûn, in the Wâdy Fâr'a.
Thamnathsaraa, Thamnathsare, burialplace of Josue: prob. Kh. el-Fakhakhir, in Ephraim.
Thanac, Thanach (Joshua 21:25, etc.): Tell Ta'annak, S.W. of Lejûn.
Thanathselo (Joshua 16:6; N. Ephraim): Ta'anâ, S.E. of Naplûs.
Thapsa, 1 (1 Kings 4:24), N. limit of Solomon's kingdom: Thapsacus, on the Euphrates, above the confluence of the Belik. Kala'at Dibseh. 2 (2 Kings 15:6), city taken by Manahem, after he had overthrown Sellum: prob. a mistake for Thersa.
Thare (Numbers 33:27), supposed to be a station of the Israelites on the journey from Sinai to Cades; poss. a gloss.
Tharela (Joshua 18:7; 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 Genesis 10:12), or Etruscans. 2 (Judges 2:13), pose. Tarsus of Cilicia.
Thebath (1 Chronicles 18:8), identical with Bete.
Thebes (Judges 9:50; 2 Samuel 11:21; Samaria): Tûbâs, N.E. of Naplûs.
Thecua, Thecue (Amos 1:1), birthplace of Amos: Kh. Teqû'a, S. of Bethlehem.
Thelassar. See Thalassar.
Thelharsa (Ezra 2:59; Nehemiah 7:61), an unknown Babylonian city.
Thelmala (Ezra 2:59; Nehemiah 7:61), another unknown Babylonian city.
Theman (Jeremiah 49:7, etc.): poss. Chobak, in the Wâdy Gharandel, S. of the Dead Sea.
Thelmela. See Thelmala.
Themna. See Thamna.
Thenac. See Thanac.
Thersa (Joshua 12:24, etc.; Samaria), the capital of Jeroboam's kingdom: poss. Tullûzâh, N. of Mt. Hebal, or Et-Tîreh, near Mt. Garizim.
Thesbe, birthplace of Elias; whether Thisbe of Galilee (see below), or Thesbon of Galaad (Kh. el-Istib, near the Wâdy 'Ajlûn, 10 m. N. of the Jaboc), is not absolutely certain, although the Greek favours the latter opinion.
Thisbe (Tobit 1:2), birthplace of Tobias, S. of Cedes of Nephtali.
Thochen. See Ether.
Thogorma (Genesis 10:3, etc.): Phrygia, according to Josephus and Targum; others generally identify it with Armenia, and especially W. Armenia. Cf. Asayr.: Til-Garimmu.
Tholad. See Eltholad.
Thophel (Deuteronomy 1:1): poss. Tefîleh, S.E. of the Dead Sea.
Thopo (1 Maccabees 9:50; Judea), perh. identical with Taphua 1.
Three Taverns (Acts 28:15), a place likely near the mod. Cisterna on the Appian Way.
Thyatira (Revelation 2:20), a city in Lydia: Ak-Hissar.
Tiberias. See GALILEE.
Tichon (Ezekiel 47:16; D.V.; "the house of Tichon"): possibly El-Hadr, E.N.E. of Banîyas, on the Nahr Mughannîyeh.
Tob. A country E. of the Jordan; Geographers are at variance as to its location: some place it S.W. of Soba; others, S. of Gadara; others E. of the bridge called Jisr Benât Yâkûb.
Topheth. See JERUSALEM.
Troas (Acts 16:6-8), a seaport in Mysia: Eski Stambûl.
Trogyllium (Acts 20:15, accord, to manuscriptD; omitted in the principal other Manuscripts), a promontory in Asia Minor, over against the E. end of Samos: C. Mycale.
Tubin (1 Maccabees 5:13). See Tob.
Ur (Genesis 11:28, etc.); Assyr.: Uru: el-Mughâir, on the right bank of the Lower Euphrates.
Zanoa, Zanoe, 1 (Joshua 15:34, etc.; Sephela): Zanû'a. 2 (Joshua 15:56, etc.; mount. of Juda): Kh. Zanûtâ.
Zephrona (Numbers 34:9; N. limit of the Holy Land): perh. Kh. Senbarîyeh.
Ziklag, A.V. for Siceleg.
Ziph (Joshua 15:24, etc.; desert of Juda): Tell ez-Ziph, betw. Hebron and Carmel.
Zoheleth (1 Kings 1:9), a rocky place near Jerusalem; the name seems preserved in the mod. Ez-Zehweileh.
The bibliography of Biblical Geography is very extensive. In his Bibliotheca Geographica Palestinæ (Berlin, 1890), RÖRICHT attempted a classification of the whole literature of the subject, from 333 to 1878. TOBLER had already paved the way by a similar work, some twenty-five years before. A systematic enumeration has been undertaken by Prof. THOMSEN, of the German Palestinian Institute. We must limit ourselves here to a selection of: I. Serials and periodicals; II. Studies on old sources; III. General works; IV. Special subjects.
I. First and foremost, the publications of the Palestine Exploration Fund, since 1865. Besides the maps of E. and W. Palestine (1 inch to the mile), seven volumes of Memoirs on W. Palestine, Moab, Jerusalem, special papers, name-lists, three volumes of studies on natural history, botany, geology, have been issued, and others are forthcoming. The Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement announces the progress of the work accomplished by the society. Germany has likewise her Palestine Association, issuing the Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins (abbreviated ZdDPV), the Mittheilungen und Nachrichten des DPV. The Imperial Palestinian Institute began in 1905 the publication of a Palästinajahrbuch. The Ecole pratique d'Etudes Bibliques of the French Dominicans at Jerusalem started in 1892 the excellent Revue Biblique; the Faculté Orientale of the St. Joseph University at Beirut has been issuing yearly since 1906 a stout volume of Mélanges; while the members of the American School of Oriental Study and Research in Palestine publish their contributions mostly in the Biblical World and The American Journal of Archæology. Valuable articles on Biblical geography are likewise to be found in CLERMONT-GANNEAU: Mélanges d' Archéologie Orientale, also in the Oriens Christianus, and the Revue de l'Orient Latin.
II. 1. PETRIE, Syria and Egypt from the Tell el Amarna letters (London, 1898); ZIMMERN, Palästina um das Jahr 1400 v. Chr. (s. d.); CLAUSS, Die Städte der El Amarna Briefe und die Bibel in ZdDPV, t. XXV (1907), parts 1 and 2; DHORME, Les pays bibliques au temps d'El Amarna in Revue Biblique (1908, Octob.). 2. MAX MÜLLER, Asien und Europa nach Altägyptischen Denkmälern (Leipzig, 1893); ID., Die Palästinaliste Thutmosis III, in Mittheilungen der Vorderas. Gesellschaft (1907), I, 3. SCHRADER-WINCKLER, Die Keilinschriften und das Alte Testament (3rd ed.; a new edition, entitled Keilinschriften und Bibel, is forthoomiar, vol. II, to be published by H. WINCKLER, will be devoted to history and geography). 4. Notitia dignitatum et administrayionum omnium tam civilium quam militarium in partibus Orientis et Occidentis (BÖCKING edit., 1839-1853); Peutinger Table (ed. prine., 1591; ed. DESJARDINS, Paris, 1875). 5. DE LAGARDE, Onomastica Sacra (Gôttingen, 1870); KLOSTERMANN, Eusebius Onomasticon der Bibl. Ortsnamen (Leipzig, 1904); THOMSEN, Palästina nach dem Onomasticon des Eusebius in ZdDPV, XXVIII, 97-141; ID., Loca sacra; Verzeichnis der 1. bis 6. Jahrh. n. Chr. erwähnten Ortschaften Palästinas (Halle, 1907). 6. NEUBAUER, La Géographie du Talmud (Paris, 1868). 7. Descriptions of the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims may be found in P.L., VIII (PILGRIM or BORDEAUX); CLV, and P.G., CXXXIII. The Palestine Pilgrims Texts Society have printed these and other texts, even of Moslem writers; some likewise (BURKARD, Descriptio Terræ Sanctæ, in particular), may be found in LAURENT, Peregrinatores Medii ævi quattuor (Leipzig, 1873); others in GOLUBOVICH, Biblioteca bio-Bibliografica della Terra Santa e dell' Oriente Francescano (Quaracchi, 1906). A good criticism of some of these Pilgrims' texts is given in BAUMSTARK, Abendländische Palästinapilger des ersten Jahrtausends und ihre Berichte (Cologne, 1906). 8. PARIS, Guillaume de Tir et ses continuateurs (Paris, 1879-80); Recueil des historiens des Croisades, publié per les soins de l'Académie des inscriptions et Belles-Lettres-Historiens Orientaux (Paris, 1884-); REY, Recherches géographiques et historiques sur la domination des Latins en Orient (Paris, 1877); Colonies Franques de la Syrie au XIIe el au XIIIe s. (Paris, 1883).
III. BAEDEKER (BENZIGER), Palestine and Syria (4th ed., Leipzig, 1906); CONDER, Handbook to the Bible (London, 1887); ID., Palestine and numerous articles on Bibl. geography in HAST., Dict. of the Bible; HURLBUT. Manual of Biblical Geography (Chicago, 1894); RITTER, The Comparative Geography of Palestine and the Sinaitic Peninsula (Edinburgh, 1866); SMITH, Historical Geography of the Holy Land (New York, 1908, 13th ed.); STANLEY, Sinai and Palestine (London, 1886); THOMSON, The Land and the Book (3 vols., London, 1881-86); WILSON, The Lands of the Bible (Edinburgh, 1847); BENZIGER, Hebräische Archäologie (Tübingen, 1907); BUHL, Geographie des Alten Palästina (Freiburg and Leipzig, 1896); RIESS, Biblische Geographie (Freiburg, 1872); ID., Atlas Scripturæ Sacræ, re-edited by RÜCKERT; Freiburg, 1906); FILLION AND NICOLLE, Atlas Géographique de la Bible (Lyons and Paris, 1890); GRATZ, Théâtre des événements racontes dans les divines écritures, Fr. tr., by GIMAREY, revised by BUGNIOT (Paris, 1869); GUÉRIN, Description géographique, historique et archéologique de la Palestine (3 vois., Paris, 1868-1880); LEGENDRE, Carte de La Palestine ancienne et moderne (Paris, s. d.); ID., Palestine, and numerous geographical and topographical articles in VIGOUROUX, Dict. de la Bible; LIÉVIN DE HAMME, Guide indicateur de la Terre Sainte (Jerusalem, 4th ed., 1897); HAGEN, Atlas biblicus (Paris, 1897); RELAND, Palæstina ex monumentis veteribus illustrata (Utrecht, 1714).
IV. 1. ROBINSON, Physical Geography of the Holy Land (London, 1865); HULL, Memoir on the Geology and Geography of Arabia Petæa, Palestine and adjoining districts (London, 1889); LARTET, Essai sur la géologie de la Palestine et des contrées avoisinantes, in Annales des sciences géologiques, I (1869); BLANCKENHORN, Entstehung und Geschichte des Todten Meeres, in ZdDPV, XIX (1896). 2. VAN KASTEREN, La frontière septentrionale de la Terre Promise, in Revue Biblique, IV (1895), 23 sqq. 3. FURRER, Die antiken Städte und Ortschaften im Libanongebiete, in ZdDPV, VIII (1885). 4. FURRER, Zur Ostjordanischen Topographie, in ZdDPV, XIII (1890); SCHUMACHER, Der Dscholan, in ZdDPV, IX(1886), tr. The Jaulan (London, 1888). .5. DE LUYNES, Voyage d'Exptoration à la Mer Morte (Paris, s. d.); DE SAULCY, Voyage autour de la Mer Morte (Paris, 1853); GAUTIER, Autour de la Mer Morte (Paris, 1898). 6. CONDER, Heth and Moab (London, 1889); TRISTRAM, The Land of Moab (London, 1874); BRÜNNOW AND VON DOMASZESWKI, Die Provincia Arabia (Strasburg, 1904); MUSIL, Karte von Arabia Petræa (Vienna, 1906); ID., Arabia Petræa: Topoqraphischer Reisebericht; I, Moab; II, Edom (Vienna, 1907). 7. PALMER, The Desert of the Exodus (Cambridge, 1871); DE LABORDE, Commentaire géographique sur l'Exode et les Nombres (Paris, 1841); LAGRANGE, Le Sinai biblique, in Revue Biblique (1889), 369-92; ID., L'Itinéraire des Israélites du pays de Gessen aux bords du Jourdain in Revue Biblique (1900), 63-86; 273-87; 443-49; SZCZEPANSKI, Nach Petra und zum Sinai (Innsbruck, 1908).
APA citation. (1909). Biblical Geography. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06428c.htm
MLA citation. "Biblical Geography." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06428c.htm>.
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Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. September 1, 1909. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.
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