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("closely contiguous cities".)

1. Read together, without "and," Kerioth Hezron (Kuryetein, "the two cities," now 10 miles S. of Hebron): Joshua 15:25; in southern Judah. Hazor implies a pastoral spot; Kerioth, kir ("a wall"), kirjah , imply "military fortifications"; Welsh, caer . The Hazors are in the southern or Negeb plain; the Kirjahs in the hills.

2. A city of Moab (Jeremiah 48:24), named with other places "far and near"; if "far" include 60 miles N.N.E. of Heshbon, then Kerioth is now Kureiyeh and Bozrah is Buzrah. Others conjecture Kureyat; Cyril Graham Kiriath and Kiriatain S.W. of Bozrah, containing primitive and gigantic edifices, the roofs formed of stone beams laid side by side, 25 ft. long, and the doors slabs of single stones; the work probably of the giant Emim, the name Kerioth too being perhaps of Anakim origin.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Kerioth'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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