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The geographical plateau east of the Dead Sea, south of the Arnon River, north of the Zered River, and west of the Arabian Desert. May also refer to the ancient state located within this area from the end of the Late Bronze Age through the Iron Age.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
MOAB (PLACE) [Heb moʾāb (מָאָב); môʾāb (מֹואָב)]. MOABITES. In ancient times, the region immediately east of the Dead Sea and the people who occupied that region. Most of the ancient references to Moab are provided by the Hebrew Bible which seems to use the term primarily in reference to the people
MIZPAH (PLACE) [Heb hamiṣpâ (הַמִצְפָּה)]. Var. MIZPEH. A place-name connected with several biblical sites in and around Palestine. The toponym, deriving from the root ṣph meaning “to guard,” or “to watch,” suggests the location at a site of a military outpost, observatory, or “watchtower” (see the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Moab, Moabites. Name of a small kingdom in central Transjordan and also its inhabitants. The land of Moab was situated on the high plateau immediately east of the Dead Sea; the escarpment of the Jordan Rift formed an effective boundary between Moab and Judah. Moab’s northern boundary shifted in accordance
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Mizpah (of Moab)
6. Mizpeh of Moab [Heb miṣpēh môʾāḇ; Gk Massēpha tḗs Mōab]. The place where David sought refuge for his family with the king of Moab (1 S. 22:3). Since David was being pursued by King Saul, he most likely reached Moab via the southern end of the Dead Sea (cf. the route taken by the kings of
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
MOAB, MOABITES Name of a small kingdom in central Transjordan and also its inhabitants. The land of Moab was situated on the high plateau immediately east of the Dead Sea; the escarpment of the Jordan Rift formed an effective boundary between Moab and Judah. Moab’s northern boundary shifted in accordance
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Mizpah, Mizpeh (miz´puh; Heb., “watchtower,”). In addition to being the name of a territory and four cities, the Hebrew word mizpah occurs frequently with the definite article to mean “the watchtower.” Mizpeh is a variant spelling of Mizpah, occurring four times in the nrsv (Josh. 11:3, 8; 15:38; 18:26).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MOAB, MOABITE. A country and people E of the Dead Sea.The NameThe derivation and etymology of the name is not given in the Bible. On the basis of Gen 19:30–38. popular etymology is suggested because LXX text of v. 37 adds, “saying, from my father,” after the name “Moab” which on the basis of its consonants
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
MOAB, MOABITES. Moab (Heb. mô’āḇ) was the son of Lot by incestuous union with his eldest daughter (Gn. 19:37). Both the descendants and the land were known as Moab, and the people also as Moabites (mô’āḇî). The core of Moab was the plateau E of the Dead Sea between the wadis Arnon and Zered, though
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Moab (Heb. môʾāḇ)A small Iron Age kingdom in Transjordan, sharing a border with the Ammonites to the north and Edomites to the south. According to the OT, each of these ancient peoples had frequent contact with the Hebrews over a long sweep of biblical history, and all were frequently at war with
Mizpah (Heb. miṣpâ), MIZPEH (miṣpeh)1. Mizpah of Gilead. The name given by Jacob as a sign of his covenant with Laban (Gen. 31:49). The so-called Mizpah benediction invokes Yahweh to monitor the parties’ compliance with the covenant stipulations. Later, Israel’s forces assembled here in preparation
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
MOAB A land east of the Dead Sea, between Edom and Ammon. The King’s Way (Roads), leading from the south to Syria and Mesopotamia, passed through its eastern part. Its early inhabitants were the Rephaim, Zuzim and Emim (Gen. 14:5). It is possible that Sheth, mentioned in the Execration Texts, refers
Catholic Bible Dictionary
MOAB, MOABITES The territory directly east of the Dead Sea and bounded by the Arnon and Zered rivers. The Semitic people who inhabited the region were termed Moabites, and they are known mainly through the Hebrew Bible. A culture flourished in this area in the late third millennium b.c., but this ended
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