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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Rehoboth

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rḗ - hō´both , rḗ - hō´bōth ( רחבות , rehōbhōth , "broad places"; Εὐρυχωρία , Euruchōrı́a ): One of the wells dug by Isaac ( Genesis 26:22 ). It is probably the Rubuta of the Tell el -Amarna Letters (Petrie, numbers 256, 260; see also The Expository Times , XI, 239 (Konig), 377 (Sayce)), and it is almost certainly identical with the ruin Ruḥaibeh , 8 hours Southwest of Beersheba. Robinson (BR, I, 196-97) describes the ruins of the ancient city as thickly covering a "level tract of 10 to 12 acres in extent"; "many of the dwellings had each its cistern, cut in the solid rock"; "once this must have been a city of not less than 12,000 or 15,000 inhabitants. Now it is a perfect field of ruins, a scene of unutterable desolation, across which the passing stranger can with difficulty find his way." Huntington (Palestine and Its Transformation , 124) describes considerable remains of a suburban population extending both to the North and to the South of this once important place.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Rehoboth'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/r/rehoboth.html. 1915.

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