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Bered (2)

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bē´red ( בּרד , beredh ; Βαράδ , Barád ): A place in the Negeb mentioned in the story of Hagar (Genesis 16:14 ). The well Beer-lahai-roi was "between Kadesh and Bered." The Onkelos Targum renders it Ḥaghrā' , which is the usual equivalent of Shur, while the Jerusalem Targum renders it Ḥălūcāh , which is also Shur (Exodus 15:22 ). Ḥălūcāh is clearly the city of Elusu mentioned by Ptolemy and from the 4th to the 7th centuries by various ecclesiastical writers. It was an important town on the road from Palestine to Kadesh and Mount Sinai. This is without doubt the very large and important ruin Kḣ Khalaṣa , some 70 miles South of Jerusalem on the road from Beersheba and Rehoboth. "These ruins cover an area of 15 to 20 acres, throughout which the foundations and enclosures of houses are distinctly to be traced.... We judged that here there must have been a city with room enough for a population of 15,000 to 20,000 souls" (Robinson, BR , I, 201).


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Bered (2)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/b/bered-2.html. 1915.

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