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Ahava
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A canal or river near which Ezra assembled his followers and prepared them for the march to Jerusalem (Ezra 8:21, 31). First Esdras instead uses the name Theras (Θέρα, Thera) (1 Esdras 8:41, 61Ahava was apparently named after a town or district through which it flowed (Ezra 8:15), but it cannot be identified. It was probably one of the canals that intersected Babylonia, and has since been filled in.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ahava
Ahava (אַהֲוָא‎, ahawa'). A canal or river near which Ezra assembled his followers and prepared them for the march to Jerusalem (Ezra 8:21, 31). First Esdras instead uses the name Theras (Θέρα, Thera) (1 Esdras 8:41, 61Ahava was apparently named after a town or district through which it flowed (Ezra
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ahava (Place)
AHAVA (PLACE) [Heb ʾahăwāʾ (אַהֲוָא)]. Var. THERAS. The river (and possibly also a town) mentioned in Ezra’s memoirs as the place where Ezra first gathered the exiles and proclaimed a fast before departing to return to Palestine (Ezra 8:15, 21, 31). Although limited data is available, and all proposed
Theras (Place)
THERAS (PLACE) [Gk Thera (Θερα)]. An alternate form of the name AHAVA (PLACE).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ahava
Ahava. The name of the river (and possibly town) in Babylonia where Ezra added some Levites to the remnant of exiles. There he also declared a fast for the Jews to humble themselves before God and seek his protection before returning to Palestine (Ezr 8:15, 21, 31).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ahava
Ahava ə-hāʹvə [Heb. ’ahawā’]. A river in Babylonia on the banks of which Ezra and his party encamped for three days in preparation for the journey to Jerusalem (Ezr. 8:15ff). From here Ezra sent to Casiphia for temple servants, since no Levites were present in the assembled group. His appeal was
Theras
Theras thûr̀əs [Gk. Apoc. Theras]. The name of a canal in Mesopotamia where Ezra assembled the Jewish exiles returning to Jerusalem in 428 b.c. (1 Esd. 8:41, 61 [LXX 59]). The canal is probably named after an otherwise unknown town situated somewhere on the banks of the canal. D. J. A. Clines suggested
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ahava
AHAVA The name of the river (and possibly town) in Babylonia where Ezra added some Levites to the remnant of exiles. There he also declared a fast for the Jews to humble themselves before God and seek his protection before returning to Palestine (Ezr 8:15, 21, 31).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ahava
Ahava (uh-hay´vuh), a river or canal in Babylonia (Ezra 8:15, 21, 31), location unknown; the rallying point for Ezra’s journey to Jerusalem, where a preparatory fast was celebrated. In some manuscripts, Ahava is called Thera(s), as it is in 1 Esd. 8:41.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ahava
AHAVA. A Babylonian town along a small river or canal of the same name on whose banks Ezra assembled the Jews who were to return to Jerusalem with him (Ezr 8:15, 21, 31).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ahava
AHAVA. A Babylonian town and also, probably, a canal named after the town, where Ezra assembled returning exiles (Ezr. 8:15–31). The site may well be the classical Scenae (Strabo, Geog. 16. 1. 27), an important caravan junction not far from Babylon.D. J. A. Clines.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ahava
Ahava (Heb. ʾahăwāʾ)A river or canal in Babylon; possibly also the name of a town or settlement associated with it. Ezra mentions Ahava as the site at which he gathered the exiles who were to return to Jerusalem and proclaimed a preparatory fast before the journey (Ezra 8:15, 21, 31).Attempts to
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ahava
Ahava [ə hāˊvə] (Heb. ˒ahawā˒). A river (Ezra 8:21, 31) on whose banks Ezra assembled those about to return from exile to Jerusalem; there they remained for three days (v. 15), fasting in order that the exiles might humble themselves and ask God for a safe journey (v. 21). Their prayer was answered,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ahava
Aha´va (water), a place, Ezra 8:15, or a river, 8:21, on the banks of which Ezra collected the second expedition which returned with him from Babylon to Jerusalem. Perhaps it is the modern Hit, on the Euphrates due east of Damascus.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Ahava
AHA´VA (a-hāʹva). The river itself or a place beside the river, where the Jewish exiles who were to return from Babylon to Jerusalem gathered (Ezra 8:21).