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Japheth (region)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A region mentioned only once in the Christian canon, in the book of Judith (Judith 2:25). In this passage, Holofernes came from plundering Cilicia up to Japheth’s southern borders, “facing Arabia.” From Japheth, Holofernes surrounded the Midianites and then descended on Damascus. Because the geography in Judith is often difficult to interpret, Japheth’s location is impossible to determine.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Japheth
Japheth, Place (יֶפֶת‎, yepheth). A region mentioned only once in the Christian canon, in the book of Judith (Judith 2:25). In this passage, Holofernes came from plundering Cilicia up to Japheth’s southern borders, “facing Arabia.” From Japheth, Holofernes surrounded the Midianites and then descended
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Japheth (Place)
JAPHETH (PLACE) [Gk Iapheth (Ἰαφεθ)]. A region mentioned only in the book of Judith, Japheth is described as having S borders “fronting toward Arabia” and constitutes a landmark in the southward advances made by Holofernes (2:25). As Zimmerman suggests, this description may mean that the S borders of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Japheth
Japheth jāʹfəth [Gk. Iapheth]. A region mentioned only in Jth. 2:25, where its southern borders are described as “fronting toward Arabia.” We should not think of this area as being too far south, however, for Holofernes had just seized Cilicia (in southeastern Asia Minor) and had not yet attacked Damascus
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Japheth
JAPHETH (Heb. yep̱eṯ). One of the sons of Noah, usually mentioned last of the three (Gn. 5:32; 6:10; 7:13; 9:18, 23, 27; 1 Ch. 1:4), but his descendants are recorded first in Gn. 10 (and 1 Ch. 1:5–7). He was the ancestor of a number of tribes and peoples, most of whom had names which in historical times
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Japheth
Japheth (Heb. yep̱eṯ, yāp̱eṯ; Gk. Iápheth)1. One of the three sons of Noah, apparently the youngest since he is usually named last (although in the Table of Nations his line of descent is given first; Gen. 10; 1 Chr. 1:1–17). The derivation of the name is uncertain, but Heb. pth, “to be spacious,”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Japheth
Japheth [jāˊfĭth] (Heb. yep̱eṯ, yāp̱eṯ “may [God] enlarge”; Gk. Iapheth).†
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Japheth
JAPHETH יפתI. The personal name Yepet/Japheth (Gen 5:32; 6:10; 7:13; 9:18–27; 10:1, 2, 21; 1 Chron 1:4, 5; Jdt 2:25 refers to a place name Japheth), does not have a clear Semitic etymology, except for the popular interpretation found in Gen 9:27: yapt ʾĕlōhîm lĕyepet, “May God enlarge Japheth”,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
JAPHETH (2)
JAPHETH (2)<ja’-feth> ([ Ἰάφεθ, Iapheth]): A region mentioned only in Judith 2:25, where no particulars are given which may lead to its identification. Holofernes “came unto the borders of Japheth, which were toward the south, over against Arabia.”
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Japheth (Place)
Japheth (place) jay’fith (Ιαφεθ). An unknown region “facing Arabia” mentioned in connection with the military advances of Holofernes (Jdt. 2:25). Most scholars believe that this and other geographical references in the book of Judith are unreliable.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Japheth (2)
JAPHETH, jā′feth (Ἰάφεθ, Iápheth): A region mentioned only in Jth 2:25, where no particulars are given which may lead to its identification. Holofernes “came unto the borders of Japheth, which were toward the south, over against Arabia.”