Geographical objects and features
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hill Country
hill country, a general designation in the Bible for areas that are hilly rather than flat. Since the Levant has a mountainous spine running its length between the Jordan River to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, any area along that spine can be designated hill country. In addition, the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hill, Hill Country
HILL, HILL COUNTRY1. The usual Heb. word for “hill” is gib˓â, derived from a root that suggests a swelling and yields other words such as “bowl” and “humpbacked.” It is peculiarly applicable to the many rounded hills in Palestine. It may refer to the elevated terrain in general of Ephraim (Gen 49:26;
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hill, Hill-Country
HILL, HILL-COUNTRY. These terms translate the Heb. words giḇ‘â and har. The root-meaning of the former is convexity; bare hills, like an inverted basin, are a common feature of Palestine, notably the area of Judah. But giḇ‘â is often a proper name (Gibeah) to indicate towns built on such eminences,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hill Country
Hill CountryA general designation for those parts of Palestine, and the areas east of the Jordan River, that are not flat, but of less elevation than a mountain. The hill country was especially fertile (Deut. 11:11), and Moses asked that God allow him to cross over the Jordan, in order to see the “good
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hill Country
Hill Country (Heb. har).† The gradually ascending but rugged central ridge of Palestine, lying between the coastal plain and the Jordan river valley. It is bordered on the south by the wilderness of the Negeb and on the north by the varied terrain of Galilee.The hill country played a role in Israelite
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hills. From the Hebrew gibeah, meaning a curved round hill. But our translators have also employed the same English word for the very different term har, which has a much more extended sense than gibeah, meaning a whole district. For instance, in Ex. 24:4 the “hill” is the same which is elsewhere in
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HILL. The rendering of several words in the original.1. “Hill” (Heb. gib˓â; “high”), from a root that seems to indicate curvature or humpishness, peculiarly applicable to the rounded hills of Palestine (Ex. 17:9; 1 Sam. 7:1; etc.).2. “Mountain” (Heb. har). Our translators have also employed the English
Hill Country
HILL COUNTRY. The rendering in the OT (Josh. 21:11) of har (see Hill, no. 2; and Bethel, Mount of); and in the NT of the Gk. oreinos, “mountainous” (Luke 1:39, 65); and meaning Mt. Ephraim. The rendering “hill country” is misleading. “With their usual exactness the Hebrews saw that these regions (i.e.,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hill(1.) Heb. gib’eah, a curved or rounded hill, such as are common to Palestine (Ps. 65:12; 72:3; 114:4, 6).(2.) Heb. har, properly a mountain range rather than an individual eminence (Ex. 24:4, 12, 13, 18; Num. 14:40, 44, 45). In Deut. 1:7, Josh. 9:1; 10:40; 11:16, it denotes the elevated district
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hill Country
Hill Countryhill country, a general designation in the Bible for those parts of the Holy Land that are hilly rather than flat. Since the land of Palestine has a mountainous spine running its length between the Jordan River to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, any area along that spine
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HILL — a rise in the land that is higher than a mound but lower than a mountain. The Bible contains many references to the hills of the land of Palestine (Josh. 24:33; 1 Kin. 11:7). Altars to pagan gods were often built on hills (Ezek. 6:13).
Hill Country
HILL COUNTRY — the hilly terrain of southern Palestine, referred to in the New Testament as the “hill country of Judea” (Luke 1:65).
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
MountainMountains and hills proliferate in biblical landscapes, numbering approximately five hundred references. No clear distinction can be made between mountains and hills in biblical imagery. Together they represent an elevated terrain or region. A well-known rhetorical feature of biblical parallelism
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