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Beyond the River
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Refers to land on either side of the Euphrates River, depending on the speaker’s point of view. From the perspective of the Israelites, “beyond the river” is the region east of the Euphrates, the common referent for “the river” in the Old Testament (Josh 24:14–15). The expression also can refer to the post-exilic Persian province west of the Euphrates (the province that included Israel; Ezra 4:10–20; Neh 2:7). Some have suggested that the term also can indicate the Transjordanian region from the perspective of those living west of the Euphrates (see 2 Sam 10:16; 1 Kgs 14:15; 1 Chr 19:16).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Beyond the River
Beyond the River (עֵבֶר הַנָּהָר‎, ever hannahar). Refers to land on either side of the Euphrates River, depending on the speaker’s point of view. From the perspective of the Israelites, “beyond the river” is the region east of the Euphrates, the common referent for “the river” in the Old Testament (Josh
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Beyond the River (Place)
BEYOND THE RIVER (PLACE) [Heb ʿēber hannāhār (עֵבֶר הַנָּהָר)]. “Beyond the river” (Aramaic ʿăbar nahărâ; Gk peran tou potamou) can refer to (1) lands E of the Euphrates, (2) the Persian provinces W of the Euphrates including Coele-Syria, and (3) possibly Transjordan. 2 Sam 10:16; 1 Kgs 14:15;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beyond the River
Beyond the River1. The area E of the Euphrates (2 Sam. 10:16; 1 Kgs. 14:15; Isa. 7:20; 1 Chr. 19:16); also translated “beyond the Euphrates” (NRSV).2. The area W of the Euphrates (1 Kgs. 4:24 [MT 5:4]); also translated in various places as “west of the Euphrates” (NRSV, NIV), “Trans-Euphrates” (NIV),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beyond the River
Beyond the River. Another name for the area east of the Euphrates from which Hadadezer mustered additional soldiers in his battle with David’s general Joab (2 Sam. 10:16 par. 1 Chr. 19:16) and to which Israel was to be deported (1 Kgs. 14:15). Surprisingly, in his farewell address (Josh. 24:3, 14–15)
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Beyond the River
BEYOND THE RIVER Refers to the Euphrates River in Mesopotamia. From the perspective of those living in Palestine, “beyond the river” meant on the east side of the Euphrates River. The expression is often used when speaking of the ancestral home of the patriarchs (Josh. 24:3, 14–15; KJV has “on the other
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Beyond the River
beyond the river. An expression used in the English versions to translate the Hebrew phrase bĕʿēber hannāhār (which occurs over twenty times with minor variations). It means the region of the Euphrates River and can refer to either side of the river (see beyond (the) Jordan). The OT uses a special
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BEYOND THE RIVER
BEYOND THE RIVER [עֵבֶר הַנָּהָרʿever hannahar]. In the OT, the Nile is called yeʾor (יְאֹר), and rivers in Israel are not called nahar. The EUPHRATES RIVER, however, is often referred to as “the river” (Gen 31:21) or “the great river” (Deut 1:7). Therefore, the term “beyond the river” takes its reference
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