Meaning: high land.

The word “Armenia” occurs only twice in the King James Bible (2 Kings 19:37 and Isaiah 37:38). It does not appear in other versions (NRSV, NIV, NKJV). The Hebrew word is actually “Ararat.” Here the ark of Noah rested after the Deluge (Genesis 8:4). It is for the most part high tableland, and is watered by the Aras, the Kur, the Euphrates, and the Tigris. Ararat was actually the name of a part of ancient Armenia. Three provinces of this land are mentioned in Jeremiah 51:27, Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz. Some, however, think Minni is a contraction for Armenia.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.

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