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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

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Ben-hur (rsv)
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Hebrew - Hur
Hebrew - son of Hur, Ben-hur
Hur -


1. Exodus 31:2-5; 1 Chronicles 2:5; 1 Chronicles 2:19-20; 1 Chronicles 2:50-51; 1 Chronicles 4:1; 1 Chronicles 4:4. Josephus makes him husband of Miriam (?), Ant. 3:8, section 4. With Aaron Hur. held up Moses' hands in the battle with Amalek (Exodus 17:10-12). Again with Aaron had charge of the People in Moses' absence on mount Sinai, as his representative (Exodus 24:14). "The father (founder) of Bethlehem," which as late as the 13th century A.D. was famed for tapestry weaving, the art for which Bezaleel his grandson was famed. Jesse was said to have woven veils of the sanctuary.

2. Fourth of the five Midianite kings slain with Balaam after the affair of Peor (Numbers 31:8). These "princes" were "dukes (i.e. vassals) of Sihon king of the Amorites" (Joshua 13:21). Sihon "had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land" (Numbers 21:26). So, Balak was not hereditary king, but probably a Midianite; as Zippor, i.e. a bird, is like the Midianite names Oreb "crow," Zeeb "wolf"; imposed upon Moab as king by Sihon.

3. 1 Kings 4:8, margin, Benhur.

4. Nehemiah 3:9.

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These dictionary topics are from Fausset Bible Dictionary, 1949. Public Domain.

Bibliography Information
Fausset, Andrew R. "Entry for 'Hur'". "Fausset Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1949.


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