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Aroer (ăr'o-er, or a-rô'er), ruins, or juniper. 1. A city on the northern bank of the Arnon. Its ruins are still called Araʾir. If Aroer be meant by "the city in the midst of the river," Joshua 13:9, it may have originated in the circumstance that the city stood partly on the bank, and partly extending into the river. Deuteronomy 2:36; Deuteronomy 3:12; Deuteronomy 4:48; Joshua 12:2; Joshua 13:16; Judges 11:28; Jeremiah 48:19. 2. Another city, situated farther north, over against Rabbah of Ammon, on a brook of Gad, a branch of the Jabbok. The site is still called Ayra, Numbers 32:34; Joshua 13:25; 2 Samuel 24:5; Isaiah 17:2; but possibly another city near Damascus. 3. A city of the south of Judah; the inhabitants were called "Aroerites." The ruins are still called Arʾarah. 1 Samuel 30:28; 1 Chronicles 11:44.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Aroer'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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