Abel-Shittim
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Abel-Shittim

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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Meadow of the acacias, frequently called simply "Shittim" (Numbers 25:1; Joshua 2:1; Micah 6:5), a place on the east of Jordan, in the plain of Moab, nearly opposite Jericho. It was the forty-second encampment of the Israelites, their last resting-place before they crossed the Jordan (Numbers 33:49; 22:1; 26:3; 31:12; Comp. 25:1; 31:16).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ABEL-SHITTIM

a'-bel-shit'-tim ('abhel ha-shiTTim, "the meadow of the Acacias"): The name appears only in Numbers 33:49; but the name Shittim is used to denote the same locality (Numbers 25:1 Joshua 2:1; Joshua 3:1 Micah 6:5). The name always has the article, and the best expression of it in English would be "the Acacias." `The valley of the Acacias' (Joel 3:18 (4:18)) is, apparently, a different locality.

For many weeks before crossing the Jordan, Israel was encamped in the vicinity of the Jordan valley, North of the Dead Sea, East of the river. The notices in the Bible, supplemented by those in Josephus and Eusebius and Jerome, indicate that the camping region was many miles in extent, the southern limit being Beth-jeshimoth, toward the Dead Sea, while Abel of the Acacias was the northern limit and the headquarters. The headquarters are often spoken of as East of the Jordan at Jericho (e.g. Numbers 22:1; Numbers 26:3, 63). During the stay there occurred the Balaam incident (Numbers 22-24), and the harlotry with Moab and Midian (Numbers 25) and the war with Midian (Numbers 31), in both of which Phinehas distinguished himself. It was from the Acacias that Joshua sent out the spies, and that Israel afterward moved down to the river for the crossing. Micah aptly calls upon Yahweh's people to remember all that happened to them from the time when they reached the Acacias to the time when Yahweh had brought them safely across the river to Gilgal.

Josephus is correct in saying that Abel of the Acacias is the place from which the Deuteronomic law purports to have been given. In his time the name survived as Abila, a not very important town situated there. He says that it was "sixty furlongs from Abila to the Jordan," that is a little more than seven English miles (Ant., IV, viii, 1 and V, i, 1; BJ, IV, vii, 6). There seems to be a consensus for locating the site at Kefrein, near where the wady of that name comes down into the Jordan valley.

Willis J. Beecher

Strong's Hebrew
63. Abel Hashshittim -- a place in the lowlands of Moab
... a place in the lowlands of Moab. Transliteration: Abel Hashshittim Phonetic Spelling:
(aw-bale' hash-shit-teem') Short Definition: Abel-shittim. ... Abel-shittim. ...
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Library

Some Miscellaneous Matters Belonging to the Country About Jericho.
... Numbers 33:49: "They encamped near Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth unto Abel-shittim."""
From Beth-jeshimoth to Abel-shittim were twelve miles." It is a most ...
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Thesaurus
Abelshittim (1 Occurrence)
... 25:1; 31:16). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ABEL-SHITTIM. ... Willis J. Beecher.
Multi-Version Concordance Abelshittim (1 Occurrence). ...
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Abel-shittim (1 Occurrence)
Abel-shittim. Abelshittim, Abel-shittim. Abez . Easton's Bible Dictionary Meadow ...
RSV). Abelshittim, Abel-shittim. Abez . Reference Bible.
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Beth-jeshimoth (4 Occurrences)
... House of wastes, or deserts, a town near Abel-shittim, east of Jordan, in the desert
of Moab, where the Israelites encamped not long before crossing the Jordan ...
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Shittim (34 Occurrences)
... Acacias, also called "Abel-shittim" (Numbers 33:49), a plain or valley in the land
of Moab where the Israelites were encamped after their two victories over ...
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Bethjeshimoth (3 Occurrences)
... House of wastes, or deserts, a town near Abel-shittim, east of Jordan, in the desert
of Moab, where the Israelites encamped not long before crossing the Jordan ...
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Jeshimoth (4 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Jeshimoth (4 Occurrences). Numbers 33:49 They encamped
by the Jordan, from Beth Jeshimoth even to AbelShittim in the plains of Moab. ...
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Lowlands (25 Occurrences)
... Numbers 33:49 Planting their tents by the side of Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth
as far as Abel-shittim in the lowlands of Moab. (BBE). ...
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Meadow (8 Occurrences)
... margin, "Abel") of the vineyards" (Judges 11:33); "Abel-beth-maacah" (1 Kings
15:20 2 Kings 15:29; compare 2 Samuel 20:14, 15, 18); "Abel-shittim" (Numbers 33 ...
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Plains (31 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Numbers 33:49 They encamped by the Jordan,
from Beth Jeshimoth even to AbelShittim in the plains of Moab. ...
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