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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
Decision, valley of
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
Baca, Valley of
Decision, Valley of
Jehoshaphat, Valley of
Jezreel, Valley of
Mount of the valley
Rephaim, Valley of
Salt, Valley of
Shaveh, Valley of
Tyropoeon Valley
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Berachah, Valley of
Charashim, Valley of
Elah, Valley of
Hammon Gog, The Valley of
Hinnom, Valley of
Jehoshaphat, Valley of
Jiphthah, El, Valley of
Rephaim, Valley of
Salt, Valley of
Shaveh, Valley of
Zeboim, Valley of
Zephathah, Valley of
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
Achor, Valley of
Berachah, Valley of
Charashim, The valley of
Elah, The valley of
Eshcol, The valley
Jehoshaphat, Valley of
Rephaim, The valley of
Salt, Valley of
Vale, Valley
Zared, The valley of
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Beracah, Valley of
Blessing, Valley of
Decision, Valley of
Gad, Valley of
Gate, Valley
Giants, Valley of the
Hinnom, Valley of
Jehoshaphat, Valley of
Jordan Valley
Mount of the Valley
Salt, Valley of
Slaughter, Valley of
Sorek, Valley of
Vale, Valley
Valley Gate
Valley of Decision
Valley of Giants
Valley of Keziz
Valley of Slaughter
Valley of Vision
Valley, Jordan
Zephathah, Valley of
Greek - valley
Hebrew - valley, Valley, valleys
Hebrew - valley, broad valley, valleys
Hebrew - valley
Hebrew - valley, valleys
Hebrew - valley, Valley, valleys
Hebrew - valley

Depression between mountains, a broad plain or plateau, a narrow ravine, or a low terrain. “Valleys” of varying shapes and sizes mark Palestine's landscape.

Five Hebrew terms are designated “valley” in the Old Testament. Bikeah is a broad plain (Genesis 11:2; Isaiah 41:8). Gaye is a deep ravine, gorge, or valley (Isaiah 40:4; Zechariah 14:4). Nahal is a wadi, that is the bed of a stream which is often dry (Numbers 34:5; Psalms 124:4; Ezekiel 48:28). Emech is a long, broad sweep between parallel ranges of hills (Numbers 14:25; Joshua 8:13; Jeremiah 21:13). Shephelah is the low land, plain, or slope sweeping gently down from mountains (Deuteronomy 10:1; Joshua 9:1; Jeremiah 17:26). One Greek term, pharanx, is used in the New Testament for each of these.

Valley is often used symbolically to refer to the difficulties of life. The classic example of this is Psalms 23:4. All people go through these trials, but God is present with His people, protecting them during these times. See Palestine.

Bradley S. Butler

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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 'VALLEY'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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