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so called from Itur, or Jetur, one of the sons of Ishmael, who settled in it, but whose posterity were either driven out or subdued by the Amorites; when it is supposed to have formed a part of the kingdom of Bashan, and subsequently of the half tribe of Manasseh east of Jordan; but as it was situated beyond the southern spur of Mount Hermon, called the Djebel Heish, this is doubtful. It lay on the north-eastern side of the land of Israel, between it and the territory of Damascus, or Syria; and is supposed to have been the same country at present known by the name of Dje-dour, on the east of the Djebel Heish, between Damascus and the lake of Tiberias. The Ituraeans being subdued by Aristobulus, the high priest and governor of the Jews, B.C. 106, were forced by him to embrace the Jewish religion; and were at the same time incorporated into the state. Philip, one of the sons of Herod the Great, was tetrarch, or governor, of this country when John the Baptist commenced his ministry.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Ituraea'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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