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King’s Highway
A road connecting Damascus with the Gulf of Aqabah along which Moses requested safe travel.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
King’s Highway (Place)
KING’S HIGHWAY (PLACE) [Heb derek hammelek (דֶּרֶך הַמֶּלֶך)]. The great roadway traversing the Transjordan from N to S along the desert border, connecting Damascus with the Gulf of Aqabah. The name is derived from the OT (Num 20:17; 21:22) and may not have been the actual name for the route, but rather
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
King’s Highway
King’s Highway. The trunk route running north-south across the Transjordanian plateau. It appears in the OT only twice, in requests by the Israelites to use this road when passing through Edom (Nm 20:17) and the Amorite kingdom of Heshbon (Nm 21:22). Who the “king” was is not stated. The route may also
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
King’s Highway
King’s Highway[Heb dereḵ hammeleḵ]. A road or routes in Edom and northern Moab, mentioned in Nu. 20:17; 21:22 (cf. Dt. 2:27).Since the publication of N. Glueck’s exploration of the Transjordan (Other Side of the Jordan [1940]), dereḵ hammeleḵ has been considered a reference to an ancient way roughly
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
King’s Highway
KING’S HIGHWAY* The road running north-south across the Transjordanian plateau. It appears in the OT only twice in requests by the Israelites to use this road when passing through Edom (Nm 20:17) and the Amorite kingdom of Heshbon (21:22). The route may also be called simply “the highway” (20:19). The
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
King’s Highway
King’s Highway (Heb. derek hammelek, “the royal way”), in the Bible, the route by which Moses sought to lead the Hebrews through Edom and Moab (Num. 20:17; 21:22; cf. Deut. 2:17). Although it is possible that derek hammelek was nothing more than the common designation for a public road that ran through
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
King's Highway
KING’S HIGHWAY. A major commercial arterial trade route along the length of the Transjordanian plateau from Ezion-geber through Karnaim to Damascus. A branch, perhaps leaving the main route at Bozrah and crossing the Arabah near Tamar, traversed the Negeb to Kadesh-barnea and perhaps on to Egypt through
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
King’s Highway
KING’S HIGHWAY. The name given to the direct road running from the Gulf of Aqabah to Damascus in Syria, E of the Dead Sea and Jordan valley. The route was in use between the 23rd and 20th centuries bc, being marked along its length by Early Bronze Age settlements and fortresses. It was, therefore, likely
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
King’s Highway
King’s HighwayA major route (Heb. dereḵ hammeleḵ, “King’s Highway” or “royal way”), the “main road” by which Moses sought to lead the Hebrews through Edom and Moab (Num. 20:17; 21:22; cf. Deut. 2:27). Many scholars understand the Hebrew term as a proper name for the international route that connected
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
King’s Highway
King’s Highway (Heb. dereḵ hammeleḵ). † The main north-south thoroughfare running from Damascus to the Gulf of Aqabah, closely equivalent to the modern Tariq es-Sulṭânī (“the Sultan’s Road”). The king of Edom and the Amorite king Sihon refused to permit the Israelites to pass along this highway
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
King's Highway, the
King’s Highway, TheKing’s Highway, the (Heb. derek hammelek, ‘the royal way’), a route by which Moses sought to lead the Hebrews through Edom and Moab (Num. 20:17; 21:22; cf. Deut. 2:17). Although it is possible that derek hammelek was nothing more than the common designation for a public road that
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
King's Highway
KING’S HIGHWAY Major transportation route east of the Jordan River. Literally “the way of the king,” this highway has been in continuous use for over 3,000 years. It runs from Damascus to the Gulf of Aqabah and is the main caravan route for the Transjordan. It is mentioned in Num. 20:17 and 21:22 as
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
King's Highway
king’s highway. (Often capitalized.) An important road running N and S from Damascus to the Gulf of Aqabah, E of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. Direct reference is made to the king’s highway (derek hammelek) in the book of Numbers. Moses requested permission to use this route for passing through