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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Arad, an ancient city on the southernmost borders of Palestine, whose inhabitants drove back the Israelites as they attempted to penetrate from Kadesh into Canaan (Numbers 21:1), but were eventually subdued by Joshua, along with the other southern Canaanites (Joshua 12:14, comp. 10:41; also Judges 1:16). Eusebius and Jerome place Arad twenty Roman miles from Hebron. This accords well with the situation of a hill called Tell 'Arad, which Dr. Robinson observed on the road from Petra to Hebron. He describes it as 'a barren-looking eminence rising above the country around.' He did not examine the spot, but the Arabs said there were no ruins upon or near it, but only a cavern. The name alone is, however, too decisive to admit a doubt that the hill marks the site of the ancient Arad.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Arad'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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