(In di aw) Place name given to a Persian satrapy or province. India was the easternmost limit of the Persian Empire. The name India applies to the territory near the northwestern part of the Indus River, a territory Darius of Persia (522-486 B.C.) had conquered. In the Bible, only Esther mentions it to describe the size of the Persian Empire (1 Kings 1:1;
1 Kings 8:9). Trade between India and the biblical lands began before 2000 B.C., however.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'INDIA'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".