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(ruins ).
  1. A city on the torrent Arnon, the southern point of the territory of Sihon king of the Amorites and afterwards of the tribe of Reuben, (2:36; 3:12; 4:48; Joshua 12:2 ; 13:9,16 ; Judges 11:26 ; 2 Kings 10:33 ; 1 Chronicles 5:8 ) but later again in possession of Moab. (Jeremiah 48:19 ) It is the modern Ara'ir , upon the very edge of the precipitous north bank of the Wady Mojeb .
  2. Aroer, "that is 'facing' Rahbah" (Rabbah of Ammon), a town built by and belonging to Gad. (Numbers 32:34 ; Joshua 13:25 ; 2 Samuel 24:5 ) This is probably the place mentioned in (Judges 11:33 ) which was shown in Jerome's time.
  3. Aroer, in (Isaiah 17:2 ) if a place at all, must be still farther north than either of the two already named.
  4. A town in Judah, named only in (1 Samuel 30:28 ) perhaps Wady Ar'arah , on the road from Petra to Gaza.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'ar'Oer'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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