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Bible Usage:

  • Ai used 36 times.


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary


1. One of the royal cities of the Canaanites (Joshua 10:1; Genesis 12:8; 13:3). It was the scene of Joshua's defeat, and afterwards of his victory. It was the second Canaanite city taken by Israel (Joshua 7:2-5; 8:1-29). It lay rebuilt and inhibited by the Benjamites (Ezra 2:28; Nehemiah 7:32; 11:31). It lay to the east of Bethel, "beside Beth-aven." The spot which is most probably the site of this ancient city is Haiyan, 2 miles east from Bethel. It lay up the Wady Suweinit, a steep, rugged valley, extending from the Jordan valley to Bethel.

2. A city in the Ammonite territory (Jeremiah 49:3). Some have thought that the proper reading of the word is Ar (Isaiah 15:1).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

or Hai, mass; heap

Naves Topical Index

1. A royal city of the Canaanites

Conquest and destruction of
Joshua 7:8

Ezra 2:28

Called Aija
Nehemiah 11:31

Called Aiath
Isaiah 10:28

Population of
Joshua 8:25

2. A city of the Ammonites
Jeremiah 49:3

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(heap of ruins).

  1. A city lying east of Bethel and "beside Bethaven." (Joshua 7:2; 8:9) It was the second city taken by Isr'l after the passage of the Jordan, and was "utterly destroyed." (Joshua 7:3-5; 8:1; Joshua 9:3; 10:1,2; 12:9)
  2. A city of the Ammonites, apparently attached to Heshbon. (Jeremiah 49:3)