(ay' vehn) Hebrew noun meaning, “wickedness,” used in place names to indicate Israel's understanding of the place as site of idol worship. 1. Referred to On or Heliopolis in Egypt (Ezekiel 30:17). 2. Referred to major worship centers of Israel such as Bethel and Dan (Hosea 10:8). 3. Referred to a valley, perhaps one in place of popularly-known names such as Beth-aven for Beth-el (Joshua 7:2;
Joshua 18:12). See Beth-aven.
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 'AVEN'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".