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Golan Heights
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
An area of highlands, mountains, and volcanic ash cones northeast of the Sea of Galilee; composed of the regions previously called Bashan, Karnaim, and Gaulanitis. A refuge city called Golan was located in Bashan (Deut 4:43; Josh 20:8; 21:27; 1 Chr 6:71). The region has been called the Golan Heights only since the 19th century.The Golan Heights has been inhabited and fought over for millennia. The area provides 15 percent of modern Israel’s water supply. Israel regained control of the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War of 1967.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Golan Heights
Golan Heights (רמת הגולן‎, rmt hgwln; “Ramat ha-Golan”). An area of highlands, mountains, and volcanic ash cones northeast of the Sea of Galilee; composed of the regions previously called Bashan, Karnaim, and Gaulanitis. A refuge city called Golan was located in Bashan (Deut 4:43; Josh 20:8; 21:27; 1
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Golan Heights
GOLAN HEIGHTS. The modern name for the Transjordanian plateau just E of the Sea of Galilee. The etymology of the name Golan is unclear; it could derive from gwl “round,” glh “pit or pool,” or gbl in the sense of “stone fence-border.”A. Geographical BackgroundB. History of Exploration and Excavations
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Golan Heights
Golan HeightsLocated along the border of Israel and Syria, the strip of territory known as the Golan Heights has been a source of contention between the two countries since 1948. The Golan is a hilly region that lies east of the upper Jordan River valley and the Sea of Galilee. It extends about 44 miles
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
a. Golan Heights
a. Golan Heights. Also called Bashan in the Bible, this region stretches about 56 mi. (ca. 90 km) from Mount Hermon in the north to the Yarmuk River in the south and encompasses several volcanic cones and lava flows between the escarpment above the Hulah Valley and the Sea of Galilee in the west to the