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also known as: Chavilah
Hebrew: חֲוִילָה —transliteration: Chavilah or Havilah
Meaning (according to Hebrew popular etymology, although the derivation is uncertain): the sand region or sand-land
This was the name of 2 Biblical places and 2 people.
Havilah, a pre-Flood region
It is uncertain whether the tribe gave its name to this region or derived its name from it, and whether it was originally a Cushite (Genesis 10:7) or a Joktanite tribe (10:29; compare 25:18), or whether there were both a Cushite and a Joktanite Havilah. It is the opinion of Kalisch, however, that Havilah “in both instances designates the same country, extending at least from the Persian to the Arabian Gulf, and on account of its vast extent easily divided into two distinct parts.” This opinion may be well vindicated.
Havilah, one of the sons of Cush
Havilah, a son of Joktan
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