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A citizen of Bethel who attempted to rebuild Jericho during Ahab’s reign (1 Kgs 16:34). Hiel’s son Abiram died as a result of Hiel’s attempt to rebuild Jericho. Abiram’s death fulfilled what Joshua said would happen if anyone attempted to rebuild Jericho (Josh 6:26).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HIEL (PERSON) [Heb ḥı̂ʾēl (חִיאֵל)]. A citizen of Bethel who rebuilt Jericho when Ahab reigned as king of Israel (1 Kgs 16:34). It is stated that he laid the foundation of Jericho with Abiram, his eldest son, and the city gates with Segub, his youngest son. The meaning of this statement is not clear.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hiel. Bethelite in the days of King Ahab who fulfilled Joshua’s curse upon the city of Jericho (Jos 6:26; 1 Kgs 16:34). Joshua had said centuries before that anyone attempting to rebuild the city would suffer the loss of his oldest and youngest sons. It is unclear whether or not Hiel’s sons died a natural
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hiel hīʹəl [Heb. hîʾēl; Gk. Achiēl]. A Bethelite who according to 1 K. 16:34 rebuilt Jericho in the time of Ahab (874–853 b.c.). This was done in defiance of the severe curse imposed by Joshua upon anyone who would dare to rebuild the city, which had been devoted to God. Such an act of rebuilding
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HIEL Bethelite in the days of King Ahab who fulfilled Joshua’s curse upon the city of Jericho (Jos 6:26; 1 Kgs 16:34). Joshua had said centuries before that anyone attempting to rebuild the city would suffer the loss of his oldest and youngest sons. It is unclear whether Hiel’s sons died a natural death
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hiel (hi´uhl; Heb., “God is brother”), a man from Bethel who is said to have rebuilt Jericho during the days of Ahab and to have lost two sons in the process (1 Kings 16:34). According to the Bible, he laid the city’s foundation “at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hiel (Heb. ḥɩ̂ʾēl)A man from Bethel who rebuilt Jericho during the time of Ahab (871–852 b.c.e.). While laying the foundations of the city wall, he lost Abiran, his firstborn; while setting up the gates, he lost his youngest son, Segub (1 Kgs. 16:29–34). These deaths were understood as consequences
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hiel [hīˊəll] (Heb. hî˒ēl “God lives”). † A man of Bethel who rebuilt the city of Jericho during the time of King Ahab (1 Kgs. 16:34). He is said to have sacrificed two of his sons, Abiram and Segub, and buried them under the foundation in fulfillment of the word of the Lord as spoken centuries
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HIEL (Hebrew, “my brother is God”) A man of Bethel who rebuilt Jericho during the time of Ahab, king of Israel (1 Kgs 16:34), despite the curse upon the city (Josh 6:26). He established a new city “at the cost of” his eldest son, Abiram, and the city gates “at the cost of” his youngest son, Segub. The