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Syria
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A geographical region loosely corresponding to modern-day Syria.Syria was once thought of as relatively unimportant in matters of ancient Near Eastern history and culture. Lacking political unity for most of its history, Syria was considered derivative in every sense—adopting and adapting its culture from its more powerful neighbors: the Mesopotamians and the Hittites.However, it now appears that Syria played a major role in the earliest domestication of plants and animals, as well as in the formation of urban settlements. Mesopotamia appears to be influenced by Syria in many ways, and the Hittites were also affected by their Syrian conquests.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Syria
Syria (Σύρια, Syria). A geographical region loosely corresponding to modern-day Syria.Syria was once thought of as relatively unimportant in matters of ancient Near Eastern history and culture. Lacking political unity for most of its history, Syria was considered derivative in every sense—adopting and
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Syria (Place)
SYRIA (PLACE) [Heb ʾaram (אַרַם); Gk Syria (Συρια)]. SYRIAN. In the Bible, Syria is usually used to designate the areas associated with the ancient city-state of Damascus, also known as Aram. Extensive discussions of the relationship between Syria and biblical Palestine to its S and W will therefore
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Syria, Syrians
Syria, Syrians. Terms used in the Septuagint and in some English translations to render the names Aram, Aramaeans.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Syria
Syria sērʹē-ə; SYRIAN serʹē-ən [Heb. ʾarām; often rendered in the LXX by Gk. Syria, whence Vulg, AV, etc., “Syria” (cf. 2 S. 8:6)]. The area occupied by a loose federation of Aramean (Syrian) villages and city-states; the people of that area. I. Definition II. NamesA. SutûB. AḫlamêC. Aram,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Syria, Syrians
SYRIA, SYRIANS Terms used in the Septuagint and in some English translations to render the names Aram, Arameans.History of the Arameans According to the “table of nations” in Genesis 10:22–23, the Arameans were a Semitic group, descendants of Shem. Another genealogy in Genesis 22:20–21 makes Aram a
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Syria
Syria (sihr´ee-uh), an indeterminate regional term applied to the eastern Mediterranean shore. In ancient history the term “Syria” usually referred to the area surrounding Damascus, the Aram of the Hebrew Bible, which varied in size according to the strength of the rulers. The northern limit of Syria
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Syria
SYRIAGeographyBoundaries. The boundaries of Syria have fluctuated over the centuries according to political arrangements. Originally Syria was a term which applied only to a powerful state whose center was in the Lebanon district and whose capital was Damascus. The Assyrians called this country W of
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Syria, Syrians
SYRIA, SYRIANS. 1. In the Eng. OT this merely denotes *Aramaeans.2. The geographical entity Syria is bounded by the Taurus Mountains in the N, the W bend of the Euphrates river and the Arabian desert-edge from there to the Dead Sea in the E, the Mediterranean Sea on the W, and the Sinai isthmus at the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Syria
SyriaIn ancient times, the region bordering the eastern Mediterranean and extending northward from (and sometimes including) Palestine and Phoenicia to the Euphrates in the northeast and the Taurus Mountains in the northwest.Syria’s cultural heritage begins with Stone Age hunters who pursued migrating
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Syria
Syria [sĭrˊĭ ə] (Heb. ˒arām; Gk. Syria). In ancient times, the region bordering the eastern Mediterranean and extending northward from (and sometimes including) Palestine and Phoenicia to the Euphrates in the northeast and the Taurus mountains of southern Turkey in the northwest. In the Old Testament
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Syria
SYRIA The region directly north of Palestine and southeast of Asia Minor. In Old Testament times, Syria was the home of the Arameans, and later the seat of the Seleucid Empire. Syria became a Roman province in 64 b.c. after the conquests of Pompey the Great. In New Testament times, Syria was governed
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Syria, Syrian Christianity
Syria, Syrian ChristianitySyrian Christianity began in Syrian Antioch, an important urban center of early Christianity, and spread into the greater Syrian-speaking world, with Edessa becoming another important Christian center. Although many questions remain to be answered regarding the origins and
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