The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Helam (חֵילָם‎, cheilam). A city where David won a battle against the Syrian king Hadadezer (2 Sam 10:15–19).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Helam (Place)
HELAM (PLACE) [Heb hêlām (הֵילָם)]. A town in Transjordan ca. 40 miles E of the Sea of Galilee. In 2 Sam 10:1–10 we read that King David sent messengers to Hanun, king of the Ammonites, to comfort Hanun when his father Nahash died. Hanun insulted David’s messengers. In preparation for war, Hanun hired
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Helam. Place east of the Jordan where David defeated the armies of Hadadezer, king of Syria (2 Sm 10:16, 17). Its location is uncertain.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Helam hēʹlam [Heb. ḥêlām; Gk. Hailam]. A city near the northern boundary of Gilead, near which David defeated the Aramean army under Hadadezer (2 S. 10:16f). The LXX in Ezk. 47:16 located it between the territories of Damascus and Hamath. It may be identical with the Alema of 1 Macc. 5:26, 35 =
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HELAM Place east of the Jordan where David defeated the armies of Hadadezer, king of Syria (2 Sm 10:16–17).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HELAM. A town E of the Jordan River, probably on the southern border of Syria. David’s commander Joab defeated the Syrian allies of Ammon here (2 Sam 10:16–17). This city seems to appear in the Egyptian Execration text (BASOR #83, p. 33), and probably is the same as the Alama of 1 Macc 5:26, which may
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HELAM. A city in Transjordan, probably the modern ‘Alma, the location of the defeat of Hadadezer’s Syrian forces, reinforced by Syrian troops from beyond the Euphrates, by David (2 Sa. 10:16f.), following the defeat of an Ammonite-Syrian alliance by David’s captain Joab. The mention of the Gk. form,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Helam (Heb. ḥêlām)A town E of the Sea of Galilee where David defeated and subjugated the Syrians/Arameans (2 Sam. 10:1–10). 1 Chr. 19 tells the same story without Helam. LXX Ezek. 47:16; 48:1 place Helam between Damascus and Hamath. Suggestions for its location include Haleb (Aleppo) and Alamatha
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Helam [hēˊləm] (Heb. ḥêlām).† A place in the Transjordan near the northern border of Gilead where David defeated the Syrians (Arameans) under Hadadezer (2 Sam. 10:16–17). The name appears in the LXX of Ezek. 47:16, situated between Damascus and Hamath. Although the location of the site is disputed,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HELAM A city in Transjordan, east of the Sea of Galilee. Here David defeated an Aramean army under Hadadezer, king of Zobah (2 Sam 8:3; 10:16–17). (See Hanun for details.)
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
He´lam (stronghold), a place east of the Jordan, but west of the Euphrates, at which the Syrians were collected by Hadarezer, and where David met and defeated them. 2 Sam. 10:16, 17.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HE´LAM (hēʹlam; 2 Sam. 10:16–17). Memorable as the place located between the Euphrates and the Jordan, where David routed the Syrians under Hadadezer. The town named Alema (1 Macc. 5:26), modern ‘Alma in the Hauran, is the probable location.
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