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Meaning: ruins

This is the name of 3 biblical towns/cities.

  1. a town on the north bank of the Arnon (Deut. 4:48; Judg. 11:26; 2 Kings 10:33), the southern boundary of the kingdom of Sihon (Josh. 12:2)

    It is now called Arair, 13 miles west of the Dead Sea.

  2. one of the towns built by the tribe of Gad (Num. 32:34) “before Rabbah” (Josh. 13:25), the Ammonite capital

    It was famous in the history of Jephthah (Judg. 11:33) and of David (2 Sam. 24:5). (Compare Isa. 17:2; 2 Kings 15:29.)

  3. a city in the south of Judah, 12 miles southeast of Beersheba, to which David sent presents after recovering the spoil from the Amalekites at Ziklag (1 Sam. 30:26, 28)

    It was the native city of two of David’s warriors (1 Chr. 11:44). It is now called Ar'arah.