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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Reph´aim, an ancient people of unusual stature, who, in the time of Abraham, dwelt in the country beyond the Jordan, in and about Ashtoreth-Karnaim (). There seems reason to think that the Rephaim were the most ancient or aboriginal inhabitants of Palestine prior to the Canaanites, by whom they were gradually dispossessed of the regions west of the Jordan, and driven beyond that river. Only a remnant of the race remained at the time of the ingress of the Israelites under Joshua.





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

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