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Aven (Valley)
Aven
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The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Aven (Valley)
Aven (ay´ven; Heb., “evil power”).1 A term used to describe Bethel in Hosea’s indictment (10:9). As such, it was an abbreviation for Beth-aven (“house of wickedness”), a pejorative term for Bethel used in Hos. 4:15; 5:8; 10:5. See also Beth-aven.2 A derisive term for a valley mentioned in Amos 1:5.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Aven
Aven (Heb. ʾāwen)1. An abbreviation of Beth-aven, the pejorative nickname (“House of Wickedness”) of the town and sanctuary of Bethel (“House of God”; Hos. 10:8; cf. Jer. 4:15). Amos first coined the derogatory pun (Amos 5:5), and Hosea embraced it (Hos. 4:15; 10:5).2. A derisive epithet for an Aramaean
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Aven
Aʹven [nothingness; hence iniquity, idolatry, and, concretely, an idol itself], a contemptuous name given to three places on account of the idolatry practiced therein.1. A plain in Syria (Amos 1:5), called also the Valley of Lebanon (Josh. 11:17 because lying between the two ranges of the mountains