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Bezer (Place)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A city of refuge east of the Jordan River, assigned to the tribe of Reuben (Deut 4:43; Josh 20:8).As a city of refuge, Bezer was assigned to the Merarites, a Levite clan (Josh 21:36; 1 Chr 6:78). In the Mesha Stele, the Moabite king Mesha claims to have rebuilt Bezer after taking it from Israel (line 27). It is listed among other Moabite cities in Jer 48:24, where it is called Bozrah. It is perhaps the same as “Bosor,” mentioned in 1 Maccabees 5:36.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bezer
Bezer (בֶּצֶר‎, betser, betser; בָּצְרָה‎, botsrah, batsrah). A city of refuge east of the Jordan River, assigned to the tribe of Reuben (Deut 4:43; Josh 20:8).As a city of refuge, Bezer was assigned to the Merarites, a Levite clan (Josh 21:36; 1 Chr 6:78). In the Mesha Stele, the Moabite king Mesha claims
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bezer (Place)
BEZER (PLACE) [Heb beṣer (בֶּצֶר)]. A city of refuge in Transjordan, located “in the wilderness on the tableland for the Reubenites” (Deut 4:43; cf. Josh 20:8). Bezer was one of three cities of refuge established by Moses to the east of the Jordan; the other two places of asylum were Ramoth in Gilead
Bozrah (Place)
BOZRAH (PLACE) [Heb boṣrâ (בָּצְרָה)]. Three sites of antiquity possessed this name. Two are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and the third is mentioned in the apocryphal writings and secular sources.1. Bozrah in Edom. According to Gen 36:33 and 1 Chr 1:44, Bozrah was associated with Jobab the son of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bezer (Place)
Bezer (Place). City of refuge in Reuben’s desert territory east of the Jordan River (Dt 4:43; Jos 20:8), later allotted to the Merari family of Levites (Jos 21:36; 1 Chr 6:78). It is probably a variant spelling of Bozrah in Jeremiah 48:24. According to the Moabite Stone, Bezer was among the cities rebuilt
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bezer
Bezer bēʹzər [Heb. beṣer—‘strong’]. A city of refuge set apart by Moses for the Reubenites and located in the “plain country” (or tableland, Heb. mîšôr), E of the Jordan, later assigned to this tribe by Joshua (Dt. 4:43; Josh. 20:8). The NEB always lists it as “Bezer-in-the-wilderness.” The same
Bozrah
2. A city in Moab mentioned in Jer. 48:24. It is probably identical with Bezer (GAB) the Levitical city of refuge, 15 mi (24 km) E of the point where the Jordan enters the Dead Sea. It cannot be identified with any certainty.D. B. Pecota
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bezer (Place)
BEZER (Place) City of refuge in Reuben’s desert territory east of the Jordan River (Dt 4:43; Jos 20:8), later allotted to the Merari family of Levites (Jos 21:36; 1 Chr 6:78). It is probably a variant spelling of Bozrah in Jeremiah 48:24. According to the Moabite Stone, Bezer was among the cities rebuilt
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bozrah
Bozrah (boz´ruh; Heb., “fortress, enclosure”).1 The chief city of northern Edom, 3,608 feet above sea level, overlooking the Wadi el-Hamayida, eight miles south of modern Tafileh and five miles northwest of the highest point on the plateau. Excavations reveal that it flourished in the seventh and sixth
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bezer
BEZER1. A city of refuge designated by Moses and also Joshua in the territory of Reuben E of the mouth of Jordan in the tableland (Deut 4:43; Josh 20:8). It was assigned by lot as also a place of residence for the family of Merari of the tribe of Levi (Josh 21:36; 1 Chr 6:63, 78).2. A son of Zophah
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bezer (Place)
Bezer (Heb. beṣer) (PLACE)A city in Transjordan’s wilderness in the territory of Reuben (Deut. 4:43). It was assigned to the Levites and designated a city of refuge (Josh. 20:8; 21:36). According to the Mesha Stone (l. 27), it was reconquered and fortified by the Moabite king Mesha.The location and
Bozrah
Bozrah (Heb. boṣrâ; Gk. Bosorra)1. The capital of Edom, modern Buseirah (208018) W of the King’s Highway in Jordan. Situated close to both valuable copper mines and the border with Judah, Bozrah’s position was one of great strategic significance. Presumably owing to prior confrontations, various OT
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bezer (Place)
BEZER [bēˊzər] (Heb. beṣer “inaccessible”) (PLACE). A city of refuge (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8) and a levitical city (21:36; 1 Chr. 6:78) in Transjordan, perhaps the same city as Bozrah (Jer. 48:24). According to the Moabite Stone, the city was rebuilt and repopulated by the people of Dibon. Bezer
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bezer in the wilderness
Be´zer in the wilderness, a city of refuge in the downs on the east of the Jordan. Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8; 21:36; 1 Chron. 6:78.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bezer
BE´ZER (beʹzer).1. The sixth named of the eleven sons of Zophah, of the descendants of Asher (1 Chron. 7:37).2. A Reubenite city of refuge E of the Jordan (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8; etc.). It is probably to be located at modern Umm el-Amad, eight miles NE of Madaba. Location uncertain.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bezer
Bezerore of gold or silver. (1.) A city of the Reubenites; one of the three cities of refuge on the east of Jordan (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8). It has been identified with the modern ruined village of Burazin, some 12 miles north of Heshbon; also with Kasur-el-Besheir, 2 miles south-west of Dibon.(2.)
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