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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Ed

ED . In the Hebrew (and also in the Greek) text of Joshua 22:34 the name given by the two and a half tribes to the altar erected by them on the east bank of the Jordan has dropped out. Our English translators have filled the gap by inserting Ed as the name of the altar in question. For this they have the authority of a few MSS.

The location of this altar on the east bank of the Jordan is required by the whole tenor of the narrative. The west bank is suggested by Joshua 22:10 in its present form, and maintained also by RV [Note: Revised Version.] in Joshua 22:11 , by a translation of doubtful admissibility, ‘in the forefront of the land of Canaan, on the side that pertaineth to the children of Israel .’

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ed'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/e/ed.html. 1909.

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