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Havilah (in Arabia)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A region bordered by the Pishon River, where gold could be found (Gen 2:11). Havilah is mentioned two other times in relation to the wilderness of Shur—in Gen 25:18 as a region settled by the Ishmaelites and in 1 Sam 15:7 as a region where Saul defeated the Amalekites. Those references suggest a location in Arabia, but it is unclear whether the Havilah of Genesis 2:11 is the same place.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Havilah
Havilah (חֲוִילָה‎, chawilah). A region bordered by the Pishon River, where gold could be found (Gen 2:11). Havilah is mentioned two other times in relation to the wilderness of Shur—in Gen 25:18 as a region settled by the Ishmaelites and in 1 Sam 15:7 as a region where Saul defeated the Amalekites. Those
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Havilah (Place)
HAVILAH (PLACE) [Heb ḥăwı̂lâ (חֲוִילָה)]. The rich land surrounded by the river Pishon according to the story of the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:11). Its richness derives from the gold, resin bdellium, and onyx stones present there. All three of these products point to S Arabia as the location of Havilah,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Havilah (Place)
Havilah (Place). Land in the neighborhood of Eden, now unknown but said to be watered by the River Pishon and containing supplies of gold, bdellium, and onyx stone (Gn 2:11, 12). The location of Havilah has been a matter of much dispute. It cannot have any connection with the Havilah of 1 Samuel 15:7,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Havilah
Havilah havʹə-lə, hävʹē-lä [Heb. awîlâ-perhaps ‘a stretch of sand’ as diminutive of ḥôl—‘sand’]. A land (or lands?) of uncertain location. Gen. 2:11f associates it with the Pishon River and with the natural resources of gold, bdellium, and onyx stone. The Pishon has been variously identified
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Havilah (Place)
HAVILAH (Place) Land in the neighborhood of Eden, now unknown but said to be watered by the river Pishon and containing supplies of gold, bdellium, and onyx stone (Gn 2:11–12). The location of Havilah has been a matter of much dispute. It cannot have any connection with the Havilah of 1 Samuel 15:7,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Havilah
Havilah (hav´uh-luh; Heb., perhaps “sandy area”), a district east of the Levant. Various traditions locate Havilah in different areas. Gen. 2:11 places Havilah in Eden, surrounded by the river Pishon. Gen. 10:7 and 1 Chron. 1:9 relate Havilah to Cush, suggesting a region in southern Mesopotamia. In Gen.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Havilah
HAVILAH1. A land associated with the garden of Eden and cited as the source of gold, bdellium gum, and onyx stone, surrounded or drained by the river Pishon (Gen 2:11–12), ASV, RSV). Most authorities locate Havilah in central Arabia N of Yemen. The basis for this location is the association of the term
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Havilah
HAVILAH (Heb. awîlâ, ‘circle’, ‘district’). 1. A land (’ereṣ) in the neighbourhood of *Eden, through which meandered (sābab) the river Pishon, and in which was found gold, *bdellium and shoham-stone (Gn. 2:11–12). The location of the place is unknown.2. An area mentioned in the phrase ‘from Havilah
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Havilah (Place)
Havilah (Heb. ḥăwɩ̂lâ) (PLACE)A region surrounded by the Pishon River, known for its fine gold, bdellium, and onyx stone (Gen. 2:11–12). Etymologically, the name is probably derived from the West Semitic root ḥwl “sand,” and thus refers to the “land of sand.” Because of the enigmatic, or mythic,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Havilah
Havilah [hăvˊə lə] (Heb. awîlâ “a stretch of sand, “from ḥôl “sand”). †
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Havilah
HAVILAH According to Genesis 2:11, a country where there was gold and which was bordered by the River Pison, which flowed out of the Garden of Eden. The gold was described as good, and there was also bdellium and onyx here (Precious stones). In one list its sons are mentioned with the sons of Cush and
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Havilah
HAVILAH (Hebrew ḥăwîlâ) A region mentioned in Gen 2:11–12 as being rich in gold, resin, and onyx and surrounded by the river Pishon. In the Table of Nations, Havilah appears as a descendant of Ham through Cush (Gen 10:7) and a descendant of Shem through Joktan (Gen 10:29; 1 Chr 1:9, 23). Ishmael lived