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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Aven

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A'ven. (nothingness).

1. The "plain of Aven" is mentioned by Amos 1:5, in his denunciation of Syria and the country to the north of Palestine. This Aven is by some supposed to be the once magnificent Heiropolis, "city of the sun", now Baalbek (Bal'bek) of Coele-Syria, whose ruins are one of the wonders of the ages. It was situated in a plain near the foot of the Anti-Libanus range of mountains, 42 miles northwest of Damascus.

It is famous for the colossal ruins of its temples, one of which with its courts and porticos, extended over 1000 feet in length. The temples were built of marble or limestone and granite. Some of the columns were 7 feet in diameter and 62 feet high, or including capital and pedestal, 89 feet. Some of the building-stones were 64 feet long and 12 feet thick. The temples are of Roman origin.

2. In Hosea 10:8, the word is clearly an abbreviation of Bethaven, that is, Bethel. Compare Hosea 4:15, etc.

3. The sacred city of Heliopolis or On, in Egypt. Ezekiel 30:17.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Aven'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/a/aven.html. 1901.

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