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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Nabataea (Nabatea; Nabatæa; Ναβαταία, Nabataia; Ναβαθαία, Nabathaia). A region and ancient kingdom in the general area of modern southwestern Jordan. Known for its primary urban center, Petra.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
NABATEANS [Gk Nabataioi (Ναβαταιοι)]. People from the Arab kingdom of Nabatea, which played an important role in the history of Palestine as early as the 2d century b.c., supporting the Maccabeans Judas and Jonathan (1 Macc 5:24–28; 9:35). The Nabatean king Aretas IV is mentioned in 2 Cor 11:32–33 This
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Nabataeans. Inhabitants of an independent kingdom bordering Judea and existing from 169 bc to ad 106. The reader of the Bible and of standard histories overlooks them for two reasons: their achievements are of recent discovery, and they flourished in a period when other major events, including the life
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Nabateans nab-ə-tēʹənz [Gk Nabataioi] (1 Macc. 5:25; 9:35); AV NABATHITES. An originally South Semitic tribe that emerged in history and inhabited Petra in southeast Transjordan sometime in the 4th cent. b.c. By the 1st cent. b.c.a.d. they controlled the land caravan routes from China, India, southern
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Nabataeans, Nabateans
NABATAEANS*, NABATEANS Inhabitants of an independent kingdom bordering Judea, which existed from 169 bc to ad 106. The reader of the Bible and of standard histories often overlooks them for two reasons: their achievements are of recent discovery, and they flourished in a period when other major events,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nabatea, Nabateans
Nabatea (nab´uh-tee´uh), Nabateans (nab´uh-tee´uhnz), a region and a people east and southwest of the Dead Sea.Origin and Language: Apparently originating in the northwestern Arabian Desert, the Nabateans seem to have moved into Edom about the sixth century bce, as the Edomites themselves (later to
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
NABATAEANS. The Nabataeans were a Semitic tribe coming from NW Arabia who began to settle in the area falling between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba sometime during the 6th cen. b.c., invading the greater part of the territory occupied by the Edomites. Their name may appear for the first time in
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
NABATAEANS. Nebaioth, son of Ishmael and brother-in-law of Edom (Gn. 25:13; 28:9), is possibly to be considered the ancestor of the Nabataeans, who may also be the Nabaiate of inscriptions of Ashurbanipal of Assyria (c. 650 bc, ANET, pp. 298–299). A difference in spelling between these two names (with
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nabateans (Gk. Nabataɩ́oi)A people who first emerge as an independent group in the report by Diodorus Siculus of a raid by the Seleucid general Antigonus in 312 b.c.e. However, other classical authors refer to a people situated along the western edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the Nabaṭŝ, who, after
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nabateans [năbˊətēˊənz] (Gk. Nabataioi).† An originally nomadic South Semitic people who settled in southeastern Transjordan in the fourth century B.C. Until the discovery of the Nabatean capital of Petra and its inscriptions early in the nineteenth century, little was known about them except for
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
NABATEANS A people called ‘Nabateoi’ and ‘Nabatei’ in the Greek and Roman sources and ‘Nabatu’ in their own inscriptions, which are not earlier than the 2nd century bc. The Nabateans left no historical documents and we are thus dependent mainly on Greek and Roman ones, the earliest of which were written
Catholic Bible Dictionary
NABATEANS A people of northern Arabia who formed the kingdom of Nabatea, with its chief city at Petra. Nabatea flourished from the fourth century b.c. and became a major commercial center that was superbly positioned on the trade routes connecting the Persian Gulf with Palestine, Egypt, and Asia Minor.
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