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Elam (ç'lam). 1. A country peopled by the descendants of Shem, and called, after his son, Elam. Genesis 10:22. It lay south of Assyria and west of Persia proper, and reached to the Persian Gulf. Herodotus called it Cissia. It was a province of Persia, of which Susa was capital. Ezra 4:9; Daniel 8:2. Elam was a strong power in Abram's time. Genesis 14:9. Its people aided in the destruction of Babylon, Isaiah 21:2; invaded Israel, 22:6. Its destruction was foretold. Jeremiah 49:34-39; Jeremiah 25:25; Ezekiel 32:24-25. A remarkable statement illustrating the truth of the Scriptures in respect to Elam has been deciphered from Assyrian cylinders in the British Museum. 2. The name of six persons in the Old Testament.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Elam'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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