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(oh rahn tehss) The principle river of Syria which originates east of the Lebanon ridge and flows 250 miles north before turning southwest into the Mediterranean south of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Antakya). The river valley is extremely fertile and strategically significant. Cities of the Orontes valley include Antioch (Acts 11:19 ; Acts 13:1 ), Hamath (2 Samuel 8:9 ; 2 Kings 17:24 ; 2 Chronicles 8:4 ; Isaiah 11:11 ), Qarqar, where King Ahab of Israel joined a coalition of Syrian kings warring against Shalmaneser III, and Riblah (2 Kings 23:33 ; 2Kings 25:6,2 Kings 25:21 ). Nahr el-'Asi (rebellious river) is the modern name of the Orontes. See Rivers and Waterways.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Orontes'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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