Kir of Moab
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Kir (Place)
KIR (PLACE) [Heb qı̂r (קִיר)]. Apparently the name of two places mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. The word qîr in Hebrew means “wall,” but in Moabite it means “city.”1. A Moabite town (Isa 15:1), probably the same as Kir-Hareseth (Isa 16:7), modern Kerak. Although the LXX of Isa 15:1 has to teichos, “the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Kir (Heb. qɩ̂r)1. The place to which the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III deported Syrian (Aramean) peoples after destroying Damascus in 732 b.c.e. (2 Kgs. 16:9 MT; cf. Amos 1:5). According to Amos, Kir was the original home of the Arameans (Amos 9:7). Most LXX manuscripts do not refer to Kir in 2
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
KIR kihr [קִירqir]. Means “city” in Moabite (see Moabite Stone lines 11–12) and “wall” in Hebrew. Thus many place names are formed with the prefix qir (e.g., Kir-hareseth; Kiriath-arba, etc.). 1. The city of Kir in Moab is noted in the oracle against Moab in Isaiah (15:1). The text pairs the city with