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(ee' beer) Personal name meaning, “the opposite side.” 1. The ancestor of Abraham and the Hebrew people, and a descendant of Shem (Genesis 10:21-25 ; Genesis 11:14-17 ). Numbers 24:24 apparently refers to him as the original ancestor of a people associated with the Assyrians and threatened by Balaam with destruction by Kittim. Precisely who was meant at this point is not known.

2. A member of the tribe of Gad, called Heber by KJV (1 Chronicles 5:13 ). The name entered Israel's record about 750 B.C. (1 Chronicles 5:17 ). 3 . Clan leader in tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:12 ). 4 . Another clan leader of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:22 ). 5 . Head of priestly family of Amok (Nehemiah 12:20 ) in days of Jehoiakim (609-597 B.C.).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Eber'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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