James Hastings Dictionary of the Bible: Abarim

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James Hastings Dictionary of the Bible: Abarim


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ABARIM (‘the parts beyond’).—A term used to describe the whole east-Jordan land as viewed from Western Palestine. From there the land beyond Jordan rises as a great mountain chain to a height of 3000 feet and more from the Jordan valley. Hence Abarim is joined with ‘mount’ (Num_27:12, Deu_32:49) and ‘mountains’ (Num_33:47); also with ‘Iyye, ‘heaps of’ (Num_21:11). See also Jer_22:20 and Eze_39:11 (RV [Note: Revised Version.] ; AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘passages’).

E. W. G. Masterman.