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Pethor
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Pethor
Pethor (פְּתוֹר‎, pethor). The hometown of Balaam. Located in Amaw, near the Euphrates River (Num 22:4–6). Balak, king of Moab, summoned Balaam from Pethor to curse the Israelites (Num 22:6; Deut 23:4). The city may have been located on the west bank of the Euphrates in Upper Mesopotamia near the meeting
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Pethor (Place)
PETHOR (PLACE) [Heb pĕtôr (פְּתֹור)]. The home of Balaam, the Mesopotamian seer who was summoned by Balak to curse the Israelites (Num 22:4–6; Deut 23:4). According to Num 22:5, Pethor was located near the Euphrates River in the land of AMAW. Mentioned in occasional extrabiblical inscriptions, Amaw
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Pethor
Pethor. Hometown of Baalam (Nm 22:5). Pethor is located in Upper Mesopotamia at the confluence of the Sajur River and the Euphrates. In Deuteronomy the location of Pethor is specified in these words: “because they [the Moabites] hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Pethor
Pethor pēʹthōr [Heb. peṯōr; Gk. Phathoura]. Home of Balaam son of Beor, near the Euphrates (Nu. 22:5). In Dt. 23:4 it is further described as being in Aram-naharaim (Mesopotamia), and Nu. 23:7 speaks of Aram and the eastern mountains. Pethor is identified with the Pedru found in geographical lists
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Pethor
PETHOR Hometown of Balaam (Nm 22:5). Pethor is located in Upper Mesopotamia at the confluence of the Sajur River and the Euphrates. Balaam the son of Beor is said to have come from Pethor of Mesopotamia (Dt 23:4). Pethor is identified with Pi-it/ti-ru of the inscriptions of Shalmaneser III (859–824 bc)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pethor
Pethor (pee´thor), a place in Mesopotamia from which Balaam was called by Barak, king of Moab, to curse Israel (Num. 22:5; Deut. 23:4). Pethor is also mentioned in the annals of Pharaoh Thutmose III of Egypt and of King Shalmaneser III of Assyria. It was located a little south of Carchemish, on the west
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Pethor
PETHOR. A city on the W bank of the Euphrates River in the land of Amaw (Num 22:5, RSV) in northern Mesopotamia (Deut 23:4), the home of Balaam, the hireling prophet. To this city Balak, king of Moab, sent messengers to hire Balaam to curse Israel. See Amaw.This city is possibly to be identified with
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Pethor
PETHOR. A city of N Mesopotamia, S of Carchemish, mentioned in Nu. 22:5 as by the river (i.e. the Euphrates) and in Dt. 23:4 as in Mesopotamia, it was the home of Balaam. Thither Balak sent messengers to call him to curse Israel. Pethor in ‘Amaw is the Pitru of Assyr. texts (cf. ANET, p. 278), described
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Pethor
Pethor (Heb. pĕṯôr; Akk. Pitru)A place on the western shore of the Euphrates River in northern Mesopotamia, the home of Balaam (Num. 22:5; Deut. 23:4). It is mentioned in a list of Pharaoh Thutmose III conquered in 856 b.c.e. The site may be Tell Aḥmar, 19 km. (12 mi.) S of Carchemish.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Pethor
Pethor [pēˊthôr] (Heb. peṯôr). A place on the western shore of the Euphrates river in northern Mesopotamia, the home of Balaam (Num. 22:5; Deut. 23:4). It is mentioned in a list of Pharaoh Thutmose III and is probably the same as Pitru, which Shalmaneser III conquered in 856 B.C.; if so, the location
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Pethor
PETHOR A city in Mesopotamia, near the Euphrates River in the land of Amaw. It was the home of Balaam, the seer hired by Balak to place a curse on the Israelites (Num 22:4–7; Deut 23:4).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Pethor
Pe´thor (soothsayer), a town of Mesopotamia, where Balaam resided, and situated “upon the river,” possibly the Euphrates. Num. 22:5; Deut. 23:4. Its position is wholly unknown.
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