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A river that runs through Damascus. Naaman argued that its waters, as well as those of the Pharpar River, would be better than the Jordan River for curing his leprosy (2 Kgs 5:9–14). The Greeks knew the Abana as the Chrysorrhoas. It is now called the Barada.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ABANA (PLACE) [Heb ʾăbānâ (אֲבָנָה)]. One of two rivers of Damascus, which Naaman the Syrian considered to be superior to the Jordan (2 Kgs 5:12). The Awaj and the Barada are now the chief streams that flow through the city of Damascus, the former representing the Pharpar of the Hebrew text and the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abana. Syrian river (modern Barada) running through the city of Damascus. Although Naaman thought the Abana should be more effective than the Jordan River in curing leprosy, he obeyed the prophet Elisha, washed in the Jordan, and was cured (2 Kgs 5:9–14; “Amana” is alternate textual reading in v 12).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ABANA Syrian river (modern Barada) running through the city of Damascus. Although Naaman thought the Abana would be more effective than the Jordan River in curing leprosy, he obeyed the prophet Elisha, washed in the Jordan, and was cured (2 Kgs 5:9–14; “Amana” is an alternate textual reading in 5:12).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abana (ab´un-nuh), a river in ancient Syria. When Elisha told the Syrian commander Naaman that he could be cured of leprosy by washing in the muddy Jordan, he angrily replied, “Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?” (2 Kings 5:12). The Abana (modern
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ABANA. The first of the two rivers of Damascus which Naaman q.v. preferred to Jordan (2 Kgs 5:12); modern Nahr Barada. Both Abana and Barada may have been used at one time, the former partially preserved in the name of one of Barada’s branches, Nahr Banias (HDB). The latter is taken from the mountain
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ABANA. One of two Syrian rivers mentioned by the leprous Naaman in 2 Ki. 5:12. Named Chrysorrhoas (‘golden river’) by the Greeks, it is probably identical with the modern Barada, which rises in the Anti-Lebanon mountains 29 km NW of Damascus, and then, after flowing through the city, enters a marshy
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Abana (Heb. ʾăḇānâ)A river, along with the Pharpar River to the south, that feeds the vast Ghouta oasis wherein Damascus is located. The modern name of the river is Barada; its source is in a large pool high in the Anti-Lebanon Mountains (usually identified with Mt. Amana; cf. Cant. 4:8). The river
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ab´ana (perennial, stony), one of the “rivers of Damascus.” 2 Kings 5:12. The Barada and the Awaj are now the chief streams of Damascus, the former representing the Abana and the latter the Pharpar of the text. The Barada (Abana) rises in the Antilibanus, at about 23 miles from the city, after flowing