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Helech
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The biblical name of an ancient city or region that supplied sailors and soldiers for Tyre, as well as for the Phoenician town of Arvad.The Septuagint and the King James Version (KJV) translate this term as “your force” or “your army” rather than as a specific place name (Ezek 27:11 KJV). Others suggest that Helech was an unidentified city close to Phoenicia (Duguid, Ezekiel, Greenberg, Ezekiel 21–37, 552; Odell, Ezekiel, 347; Tuell, Ezekiel, 181–83).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Helech
Helech The biblical name of an ancient city or region that supplied sailors and soldiers for Tyre, as well as for the Phoenician town of Arvad.The Septuagint and the King James Version (KJV) translate this term as “your force” or “your army” rather than as a specific place name (Ezek 27:11 KJV). Others
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Helech (Place)
HELECH (PLACE) [Heb ḥêlēk (חֵילֵך‎)]. Ezekiel 27 records an oracle against the city of Tyre, and in the oracle are references to foreign nationalities in Tyre’s army—men from Persia, Lud, and Put, and men of Arvad (the island of Aradus, 125 miles N of Tyre) and Helech. These are usually taken to be
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Helech
Helech. Term mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy against the city of Tyre (Ez 27:11, kjv thine army), perhaps referring to mercenaries from Cilicia southeast of Asia Minor. Assyrian texts indicate that Cilicia was once called Hilakku, but little is known about the people. They are first mentioned by Shalmaneser
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Helech
Helech hēʹlək [Heb. ḥêlēḵ] (Ezk. 27:11); AV “thine army”; NEB CILICIA. The NEB is possibly correct. Assyrian records refer to Cilicia as Ḫilakku. The region was home to pirates and bandits from prehistoric times until the Roman empire. Such men would be willing mercenaries for Tyre. The AV takes
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Helech
HELECH Term mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy against the city of Tyre (Ez 27:11), perhaps referring to Cilicia or to mercenaries from Cilicia, which was southeast of Asia Minor. Assyrian texts indicate that Cilicia was once called Hilakku, but little is known about the people. They are first mentioned
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Helech
Helech (Heb. ḥêlēḵ)A source of the mercenary forces of Tyre (Ezek. 27:11; LXX “your army”). The name may designate Cilicia in southeastern Asia Minor (cf. Akk. Ḫilakku).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Helech
Helech [hēˊlĕk] (Heb. ḥêlēḵ).* A source of the mercenary forces of Tyre (Ezek. 27:11; KJV “your army”; JB “their army”). The name may designate Cilicia in southeastern Asia Minor (cf. Akk. Ḫilakku).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Helech
HEL´ECH (helʹek). A place otherwise unknown whose men provided protection to the walls of Tyre according to the lament-song of Ezekiel (Ezek. 27:11).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Helech
HELECH [HEE lek] — NIV, NRSV name for the place of origin of the mercenaries who defended the walls of Tyre (Ezek. 27:11).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Helech
HELECH (Hēʹ lĕk) Transliteration of Hebrew noun in NRSV, NIV which KJV, TEV, NASB interpret as meaning “your army.” REB interprets Helech with many modern Bible students and reference books to refer to Cilicia. The precise meaning in the context is not known. Ezekiel described the good days of Tyre
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Helech
Helech hee’lik (חֵילֵךְH2662). TNIV Helek. A city or region that, along with Arvad (a Phoenician island town), supplied sailors and soldiers for Tyre (Ezek. 27:11). Although several identifications have been suggested, perhaps the least objectionable proposal is to equate Helech with Assyrian Ḫilakku,
Helek
Helek hee’lik (חֵלֶקH2751, “portion, lot,” possibly short form of חִלְקִיָּהוּH2760, “Yahweh is my portion” [see Hilkiah]; gentilic חֶלְקִיH2757, “Helekite”). (1) Son of Gilead and great-grandson of Manasseh; eponymous ancestor of the Helekite clan (Num. 26:30). Elsewhere, however, “the sons of Helek” (Josh.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HELECH
HELECH hee´lik [חֵילֵךְkhelekh]. Ezekiel 27:11 notes the walls of Tyre manned with foreign soldiers from Helech (NRSV; NIV) and other places. Helech is a transliteration of the Hebrew noun that the KJV and NASB render “your army.” Helech as a place is the preferred translation. The annals of the Assyrian