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pē´or ( הפּעור , ha - pe‛ōr ; Φογώρ , Phogṓr ):

(1) A mountain in the land of Moab, the last of the three heights to which Balaam was guided by Balak in order that he might curse Israel (Numbers 23:28 ). It is placed by Eusebius, Onomasticon on the way between Livias and Heshbon, 7 Roman miles from the latter. Buhl would identify it with Jebel el -Mashaḳḳar , on which are the ruins of an old town, between Wâdy A‛yūn Mūsa and Wâdy Ḥesbān .

(2) A town in the Judean uplands added by Septuagint ( Φαγώρ , Phagṓr ) to the list in Joshua 15:9 . It may be identical with Khirbet Fāghūr to the South of Bethlehem.

(3) Peor, in Numbers 25:18; Numbers 31:16; Joshua 22:17 , is a divine name standing for "Baal-peor."

(4) In Genesis 36:39 , Septuagint reads Phogor for "Pau" (Massoretic Text), which in 1 Chronicles 1:50 appears as "Pai."

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Peor'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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