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


Easton's Bible Dictionary


1. A town on the north bank of the Arnon (Deuteronomy 4:48; Judges 11:26; 2 Kings 10:33), the southern boundary of the kingdom of Sihon (Joshua 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 (Numbers 32:34) "before Rabbah" (Joshua 13:25), the Ammonite capital. It was famous in the history of Jephthah (Judges 11:33) and of David (2 Samuel 24:5). (Comp. Isaiah 17:2; 2 Kings 15:29.)

3. A city in the south of Judah, 12 miles south-east of Beersheba, to which David sent presents after recovering the spoil from the Amalekites at Ziklag (1 Samuel 30:26, 28). It was the native city of two of David's warriors (1 Chronicles 11:44). It is now called Ar'arah.

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

heath; tamarisk

Naves Topical Index

1. A city of the Amorites in the valley of the River Arnon

General references
Deuteronomy 4:48

Conquered by Israelites
Deuteronomy 2:36; Deuteronomy 3:12; Judges 11:26

Taken by Hazael
2 Kings 10:33

2. A city built, or probably more correctly, rebuilt by the Gadites

General references
Numbers 32:34; Joshua 13:25

Jephthah smites the Ammonites at
Judges 11:33

3. A city in Judah
1 Samuel 30:28

Birthplace of two of David's heroes
1 Chronicles 11:44

Smith's Bible Dictionary


  1. A city on the torrent Arnon, the southern point of the territory of Sihon king of the Amorites and afterwards of the tribe of Reuben, (2:36; 3:12; 4:48; Joshua 12:2; 13:9,16; Judges 11:26; 2 Kings 10:33; 1 Chronicles 5:8) but later again in possession of Moab. (Jeremiah 48:19) It is the modern Ara'ir , upon the very edge of the precipitous north bank of the Wady Mojeb .
  2. Aroer, "that is 'facing' Rahbah" (Rabbah of Ammon), a town built by and belonging to Gad. (Numbers 32:34; Joshua 13:25; 2 Samuel 24:5) This is probably the place mentioned in (Judges 11:33) which was shown in Jerome's time.
  3. Aroer, in (Isaiah 17:2) if a place at all, must be still farther north than either of the two already named.
  4. A town in Judah, named only in (1 Samuel 30:28) perhaps Wady Ar'arah , on the road from Petra to Gaza.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Hothan the Aroerite was the father of two of David's captains. (1 Chronicles 11:44)