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1. Son of Shem. He settled in a highland district east of Babylonia, which became the seat of a powerful monarchy. The district was also called ELAM. Genesis 10:22; 1 Chronicles 1:17 . In the days of Abraham Chedorlaomer king of Elam was able to make war as far off as the Dead Sea. Genesis 14:1,9 . It subsequently became subject to the great power of the Chaldeans and Assyrians. When Assyria declined, Elam was conquered by its Persian neighbours, and reigned over by the Achaemenian Dynasty. Cyrus was king of Anshan, or Anzan (Elam) as well as of Persia: hence the close connection, and almost identification of Elam with Persia. In scripture Elam often designates Persia. In Isaiah 21:2-10 Elam and Media were to destroy Babylon. It afterwards became a part of the Medo-Persian empire. Daniel was at Shushan, which was in the province of Elam. Under the name of Susiana, Elam is represented by the historians as one of the most ancient regions of the East. There are many prophecies against it. Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 21:2; Isaiah 22:6; Jeremiah 25:25; Jeremiah 49:34-39; Ezekiel 32:24; Daniel 8:2 .

2. Son of Shashak, a Benjamite. 1 Chronicles 8:24 .

3. Son of Meshelemiah, a Korhite. 1 Chronicles 26:3 .

4. chief of the people who sealed the covenant. Nehemiah 10:14 .

5. One whose descendants had married strange wives. Ezra, 10:2,26

6. A priest who took part in the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah 12:42 .

7, etc. Two or more whose descendants returned from exile. Ezra 2:7,31; Ezra 8:7; Nehemiah 7:12,34 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Elam'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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