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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Obal', עובָל , a bare district; Sept. Εὐάλ v. r. Γέβαλ; Vulg. Ebal), son of Joktan, B.C. post 2060, and head of an Arabian tribe, mentioned in Genesis 10:28, and of the region wherein it dwelt, 1 Chronicles 1:22 (where it is called EBAL, q.v.). Bochart (Phal. 2:23) understands the Avalites, a people on the Ethiopian coast, near the Strait of Bab el- Mandeb (Ptolemy, 4:87), who gave name to the Sinus Abalites (Pliny, 6:34). They were a commercial people-(Forster, Geogr. of Arabia, 1:148). Others make Obal the same with the Gobolitis of Josephus (Γοβολῖτις, Ant. 2:1, 2; 3:2, 1; see Schulthess, Parad. p. 84), but here there is not even a resemblance (גְּבָל and עֹבָל ). (See ARABIA).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Obal'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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