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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Jehoshaphat (2)

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Jehoshaphat, Valley of, valley of the judgment of Jehovah. A place named only in Joel 3:2; Joel 3:12. Three leading explanations have been given. 1. That the valley referred to is the same as the "valley of Berachah," where the forces allied against Israel were defeated by Jehoshaphat. 2 Chronicles 20:16-26. This event took place 100 years before Joel, and may have given rise to this expression of the prophet. 2. That the valley is that of the Kedron, east of Jerusalem. This identification of Jehoshaphat with the Kedron is now generally regarded as based upon a misinterpretation of Joel 3:1-21. That the name does not refer to any special place (see margin of E. V., which reads, "The Lord judgeth"), but to either (a) the scene of great victories, as those of the Maccabees; or (b) the general judgment at the end of the world; or (c) the truth that God's persecuted people he will defend and vindicate.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Jehoshaphat (2)'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/j/jehoshaphat-2.html. 1893.

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