James Hastings Dictionary of the Bible: Abel-Shittim

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James Hastings Dictionary of the Bible: Abel-Shittim


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ABEL-SHITTIM (‘meadow of the acacias’).—In the plains of Moab (Num_33:49); otherwise Shittim, the last (Jos_3:1) trans-Jordanic stage where the Israelites encamped. Identified with Ghor es-Seisaban, east of the Jordan, opposite Jericho. It was the scene of the offence of Baal-peor (Num_25:1). Hence Joshua sent his spies (Jos_2:1).

R. A. S. Macalister.