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(Hebrew הֶשְׁבּוֹן, heshbon; Greek Εσβους, Esbous). A city of Moab mentioned 38 times in the Old Testament. Heshbon was located along the King’s Highway, the primary north-south trade road through the Transjordan region (Younker, “Hesban,” 59).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HESHBON (PLACE) [Heb hešbôn (הֶשְׁבֹּון)]. A town on the central plateau E of the Jordan River, mentioned 38 times in the Bible. For geographical and linguistic reasons it is identified with Tell Hesban (M.R. 226134), a mound which rises 895 m above sea level, guarding the NW edge of the rolling Madaba
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Heshbon. Important Transjordanian city about 50 miles due east of Jerusalem. It had originally been Moabite, but was conquered by Sihon, the Amorite king, and became the capital of his kingdom (Nm 21:25–30). The city was captured when Israel advanced into Canaan, and this portion of Amorite territory
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Heshbon heshʹbon, heshʹbōn [Heb. ḥešbôn; LXX Esebōn ]; AV also ESEBON (Jth. 5:15). A Transjordanian town mentioned thirty-eight times in the Bible. For geographical and linguistic reasons it is identified with Tell Ḥesbân, a mound rising 895 m (2940 ft) above sea level that guards the northern
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HESHBON Important Transjordanian city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) due east of Jerusalem. It had originally been Moabite but was conquered by Sihon, the Amorite king, and became the capital of his kingdom (Nm 21:25–30). The city was captured when Israel advanced into Canaan, and this portion of the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Heshbon (hesh´bon), a city of northern Moab captured by the Amorite king Sihon, who made it his capital (Num. 21:26–30). The Israelites defeated Sihon in their first battle in the Transjordan (Num. 21:21–24; Josh. 12:2) and distributed his territory to Reuben and Gad, assigning Heshbon to Reuben (Num.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Heshbon. JRHESHBON. Built on two small hills on the Transjordan tableland, overlooking the lower Jordan Valley, Heshbon was the capital city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had captured it from the Moabites (Num 21:25–30). Taken by the Israelites from Sihon when he would not allow them to pass
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HESHBON (Heb. ḥešbôn, ‘device’). A city of Moab, taken by Sihon king of the Amorites and made his royal city (Nu. 21:26). After his defeat by the Israelites (21:21–24) it was given to Reuben (32:37), but later passed over to Gad, whose land bordered on Reuben, and was assigned by them to the Levites
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Heshbon [hĕshˊbŏn] (Heb. ḥešbôn).† A Moabite city located east of the Dead Sea, whose territory was contested by Israelites, Amorites, and Moabites from the time of the Israelite penetration of Transjordan to the end of Ahab’s reign (mid-ninth century B.C.).Heshbon was first taken by the Israelites
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
HESHBON The capital of Sihon, King of the Amorites, formerly in the land of Moab (Num. 21:26). Heshbon was among the cities of Sihon for which the Reubenites and the Gadites asked Moses (Num. 32:3). It was given to Reuben (Num. 32:37). One of the Levitical cities in the territory of Gad (Josh. 21:39),
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HESHBON A Moabite town east of the Jordan River, identified with Tell Hesban. Heshbon was the chief city of the Amorite king Sihon. It was captured by the Israelites under Moses (Num 21:25; Deut 1:4, 2:26; Judg 11:12–28) and later given to Reuben and designated a Levitical city and a city of refuge (Josh