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Strong's #5745 - עוֹבָל
Obal = “stripped bare”
1) a son of Joktan and the founder of an Arab tribe
עוֹבָל (“stripped,” “bare of leaves”), [Obal], pr.n. of a nation and country of Joktanite Arabs [ Genesis 10:28 ], called in the Samaritan copy and 1 Chronicles 1:22, עֵיבָל. The situation is wholly uncertain: Bochart (Phaleg, ii. 23) understands them to be the Avalites, on the shores of Ethiopia; but it seems that Joktanites should be sought for in Arabia itself. Far less can this word be identified with Gobolitis, in Idumæ, which is גְּבָלּ.