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Coele-Syria
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A geographical term that can refer to either the portion of the Great Rift Valley in Lebanon, or all of Syria.Greeks in the 4th century bc called the valley between the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges Coele-Syria. The Old Testament calls it the valley of Lebanon (Josh 11:17), and is now called the Beqaa. It is about 100 miles long, and extends upward from the Jordan Valley.The name has also referred to larger areas:• Strabo (Geography, 16.2) and Ptolemy (Geography, 5.15) use it to describe the fertile land between Jabal ash Sharqi and the desert near Damascus.• In 1 Esdras 2:17 and 2 Macc 3:8, it indicates the country south and east of Mt. Lebanon.• Coele-Syria and Phoenicia were the entire Seleucid dominions south of the Eleutherus river.• Josephus includes in Coele-Syria the country east of the Jordan, along with Scythopolis on the west (Antiquities, 13.13.2). In 14.4.5 he extends it as far as the river Euphrates and Egypt.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Coele-Syria
Coele-Syria (Κοιλη Συρια, Koilē Syria). A geographical term that can refer to either the portion of the Great Rift Valley in Lebanon, or all of Syria.Greeks in the 4th century bc called the valley between the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges Coele-Syria. The Old Testament calls it the valley
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Coele-Syria (Place)
COELE-SYRIA (PLACE) [Gk Koilē Syria (Κοιλη Συρια)]. Coele-Syria is a geographical term variously used to describe portions of Syro-Palestine, depending on the historical time period and the author. The term which has been widely interpreted as “hollow Syria” is first attested in its Hellenistic form
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Coelesyria
Coelesyria sḕle-sir̀ē-e [Gk. Koilē Syria-`hollow Syria’]; AV CELOSYRIA. The region between the Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges. The term is variously used to designate other areas or larger areas, extending from the Euphrates River to the border of Egypt. The OT name biq‘aṯ halleḇānôn,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Coelesyria
COELESYRIA Literally, the term means “hollow Syria.” It was used somewhat loosely in referring to parts of the Jordan Valley. This designation is not found in the Bible but is mentioned a number of times in the Apocrypha, by itself in 1 Maccabees 10:69 and together with Phoenicia elsewhere (1 Esd 2:17,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Coelesyria
Coelesyria (see´lee-sihr´ee-uh; Lat., from Gk., lit., “hollow” Syria), a term used in the Apocrypha/ deuterocanonical literature for the valley between the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon ranges, or more precisely for the Seleucid province in that valley, i.e., southwestern Syria (1 Macc. 10:69; 2 Macc. 3:5;
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Coelesyria
COELESYRIA (Gk. koilē syria, ‘hollow Syria’), 1 Esdras 2:17, etc.; 2 Macc. 3:5, etc., the Valley lying between the Lebanon and Antilebanon ranges, modern El-Biqa’ (cf. biq‘aṯ ’āwen, ‘the valley of Aven’, Am. 1:5). As a political region under the Ptolemaic and Seleucid empires it frequently embraces
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Coele-Syria
Coele-Syria (Gk. Koɩ́lē Syrɩ́a)A Hellenistic term for “all the lands of Syria.” The older view is that “Coele-Syria” means “hollow Syria,” but other scholars contend that the word “coele” is a Greek adaptation of Sem. kōl, “all.” The term was used at the time of Alexander to refer to a large administrative
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Coele-Syria
Coele-Syria [sēˊlĭ sĭrˊĭə] (Gk. Koilē Syria “hollow Syria”). A valley (Josh. 11:17) between the Lebanon and the Anti-lebanon mountain ranges, now known as the Beqa˓ (cf. biblical Baalbek, “Baal of the Beqa˓”) through which the Leontes river flows southward. According to 1 Macc. 10:69 Demetrius
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Coele-Syria
COELE-SYRIA (Greek, “hollow Syria”) The stretch of land between Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon, the Great Rift Valley, although the extent of the territory under that name varied according to the time period. Under the Seleucids, the province of Coele-Syria included most of southern Syria but not Phoenicia
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cœle-Syria
Cœle-Syr´ia (sel´e) (hollow Syria), the remarkable valley or hollow which intervenes between Libanus and Anti-Libanus, stretching a distance of nearly a hundred miles. The only mention of the region as a separate tract of country which the Jewish Scriptures contain is probably that in Amos 1:5, where
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Coele-Syria
Coele-Syriahollow Syria, the name (not found in Scripture) given by the Greeks to the extensive valley, about 100 miles long, between the Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon range of mountains.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Coele Syria
Coele SyriaCoele Syria (seʹlaw sihrʹee-uh; Lat., from Gk: lit., ‘hollow’ Syria), the valley between the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon ranges (‘Beka«a,’ Josh. 11:17). In the Apocrypha, it also refers to the Seleucid province in that valley, or to southwestern Syria (2 Macc. 3:5; 4:4; 8:8).