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(Hebrews A bronah', עִבְרוֹנָה, passage, i.e., of the sea; Sept. Ε᾿βρεναί), the thirtieth station of the Israelites on their way from Egypt to Canaan (Numbers 33:34-35). Since it lay near Ezion-Gaber on the west, as they left Jotbathah, it was probably in the plain now known as the Ka'a en-Nikb, immediately opposite the pass of the same name at the head of the Elanitic branch of the Red Sea (see Robinson's Map in Researches, volume 1). Rommel (in the Hall. Encyklop. 1:167) compares the Avara of Ptolemy (Numbers 33:17), in Arabia Petraea (66 degrees 10 feet and 29 degrees 40 feet), with the Havarra of the Peutinger Table; a very improbable supposition. Knobel thinks (Exeg. Handb. in loc.) that the Ezion-Gaber in question cannot be the port of that name at the head of the Elanitic Gulf; for, as the next station mentioned is Kadesh, this was too far from the north end of the gulf to be reached in one march; but this objection is of little force, as there is no uniformity in the 'intervals between the stations. Schwarz (Palest. page 219) rightly regards Ebronah as merely the name of a "ferry," by which the people perhaps crossed this arm of the sea (!), or where travelers usually crossed it.

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

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