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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Elam

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E'lam. (eternity).

1. This seems to have been originally, the name of a man, the son of Shem. Genesis 10:22; 1 Chronicles 1:17. Commonly, however, it is used as the appellation of a country. Genesis 14:1; Genesis 14:9; Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 21:2. The Elam of Scripture appears to be the province lying south of Assyria and east of Persia proper, to which Herodotus gives the name of Cissia, (iii. 91, v. 49, etc.), and which is termed Susis or Susiana by the geographers. Its capital was Susa. This country was originally people by descendants of Shem.

By the time of Abraham, a very important power had been built up in the same region. It is plain that at this early time, the predominant power in lower Mesopotamia was Elam, which, for a while, held the place possessed earlier by Babylon, Genesis 10:10, and later by either Babylon or Assyria.

2. A Korhite Levite, in the time of King David. 1 Chronicles 26:3. (B.C. 1014).

3. A chief man, of the tribe of Benjamin. 1 Chronicles 8:24.

4. "Children of Elam," to the number of 1254, returned with Zerubbabel from Babylon. Ezra 2:7; Nehemiah 7:12. 1 Esdras 5:12. (B.C. 536 or before). Elam occurs amongst the names of the chief of the people, who signed the covenant with Nehemiah. Nehemiah 10:14.

5. In the same lists is a second Elam, whose sons, to the same number as in the former case, returned with Zerubbabel, Ezra 2:31; Nehemiah 7:34, and which, for the sake of distinction, is called "the other Elam."

6. One of the priests, who accompanied Nehemiah, at the dedication of the new wall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah 12:42.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Elam'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/e/elam.html. 1901.

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