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(Heb. Nachaliel', נִחֲלַיאֵל , possession [or valley] of God; Sept. Νααλιήλ v.r. Μαναήλ ), the fifty-fourth encampment of the Israelites in the wilderness, between Mattanah and Bamoth (Numbers 21:19), apparently in the northern part of the plain Ard Ramadan, south-east of Jebel Humeh, perhaps on the northern branch of Wady Waleh (Bunrckhardt. 2:635). (See EXODE). It lay "beyond," that is, north of the Arnon (Numbers 21:13), and between Mattanah and Bamoth, the next after Bamoth being Pisgah. It does not occur in the catalogue of Numbers 33, nor anywhere besides the passage quoted above. By Eusebius and Jerome (Onomast. s.v. Naaliel) it is mentioned as close to the Arnon. Mr. Grove, in Smith's Dict., suggests that "its name seems to imply that it was a stream or wady, and it is not impossibly preserved in that of the Wady Encheyle, which runs into the Mojeb, the ancient Arnon, a short distance to the east of the place at which the road between Rabba and Aroer crosses the ravine of the latter river. The name Encheyle, when written in Hebrew letters (אנחילה ), is little more than נחליאל transposed." (See MATTANAH).

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

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