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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Harosheth of the Gentiles
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Harosheth, of the Gentiles, of the Nations
Hebrew - Harosheth, Harosheth-hagoyim
Hebrew - Harosheth-hagoyim

(huh roh' sshehth) Place name meaning, “forest land.” First part of compound Hebrew place name Harosheth-hagoiim, meaning Harosheth of the Gentiles (KJV, REB, TEV) or nations. Home of Sisera, captain of the army of Jabin of Hazor (Judges 4:2). He mustered his troops there and marched them to the river Kishon to face Barak and Deborah (Judges 4:13). Barak chased the army back to Harosheth and killed them there (Judges 4:16). It may be the same as Muhrashti of the Amarna letters. Its location is debated, some favoring tell el-Ama at the foot of Mount Carmel about nine miles south of Haifa near the Arab village of Haritiyeh. Others would see Haroseth as a common noun meaning, “woods” and locate it in the woods or forests of Galilee, using some evidence from the earliest Greek translation. This view would read Joshua 12:23, “king of Goiim in Galilee” (TEV, NRSV) and equate the king with the ruler of the Galilean forests.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'HAROSHETH'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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