Ahava
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Ahava

essence; being; generation

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Ahava

(water), a place, (Ezra 8:15) or a river, Ezra 8:21 On the banks of which Ezra collected the second expedition which returned with him from Babylon to Jerusalem. Perhaps it is the modern Hit, on the Euphrates due east of Damascus.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Ahava

A town in Chaldea, which gave name to the stream on the banks of which exiled Jews assembled their second caravan under Ezra, when returning to Jerusalem, Ezra 8:15,21,31. It may be the modern Hib on the Euphrates, in the latitude of Bagdad.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Water, the river (Ezra 8:21) by the banks of which the Jewish exiles assembled under Ezra when about to return to Jerusalem from Babylon. In all probability this was one of the streams of Mesopotamia which flowed into the Euphrates somewhere in the north-west of Babylonia. It has, however, been supposed to be the name of a place (Ezra 8:15) now called Hit, on the Euphrates, east of Damascus.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AHAVA

a-ha'-va ('ahawa'): The river in Babylonia on the banks of which Ezra gathered together the Jews who accompanied him to Jerusalem. At this rendezvous the company encamped for three days to make preparation for the difficult and dangerous journey (Ezra 8:15). On reviewing the people and the priests Ezra found no Levites among them; he therefore sent to Iddo, "the chief at the place Casiphia," a request for ministers for the temple. A number of Levites with 220 Nethinim returned to the rendezvous with the deputation. Ezra had expressed to the king his faith in the protection of God; being, therefore, ashamed to ask for a military escort he proclaimed a fast to seek of God "a straight way." To 12 priests Ezra assigned the care of the offering for the temple in Jerusalem. When all was ready the company "departed from the river Ahava," and journeyed in safety to Jerusalem.

This river, apparently called after a town or district toward which it flowed (Ezra 8:15), remains unidentified, though many conjectures have been made. Rawlinson thinks it is the "Is" of Herodotus (i.79), now called "Hit," which flowed past a town of the same name in the Euphrates basin, 8 days' journey from Babylon. Some identify the district with "Ivvah" (2 Kings 18:34, etc.). Most probably, however, this was one of the numerous canals which intersected Babylonia, flowing from the Euphrates toward a town or district "Ahava." If so, identification is impossible.

S. F. Hunter

Strong's Hebrew
163. Ahava -- a place and a stream in Babylon
... Ahava. 164 . a place and a stream in Babylon. Transliteration: Ahava Phonetic
Spelling: (a-hav-aw') Short Definition: Ahava. ... NASB Word Usage Ahava (3). Ahava. ...
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Library

Heroic Faith
... There, by the river Ahava, he halts his company like a prudent leader, to repair
omissions, and put the last touches to their organisation before facing the ...
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Ezra, the Priest and Scribe
... journey. "I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava," Ezra
says, "and there abode we in tents three days." Ezra 8:15. ...
/.../white/the story of prophets and kings/chapter 50 ezra the priest.htm

The Kingdom Restored
... 5. Name three things Ezra had prepared his heart to do. 6. Name the double office
of Ezra. Chapter VIII. At the River Ahava: Prepare two questions. Chapter IX. ...
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Hebrew Captives; Or, Mordecai and Esther.
... service of the temple; but this boon did not induce any of the Levitical tribe to
join the caravan which assembled on the banks of the river Ahava, in Babylonia ...
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Upon Our Lord's SermonOn the Mount
... them "with a great thunder, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel."
(1:Sam.7:6.) So Ezra: "I proclaimed a fast at the river Ahava, that we ...
/.../wesley/sermons on several occasions/sermon 27 upon our lords.htm

Of the Discipline of the Church, and Its Principal Use in Censures ...
... [597] See a striking instance in Ezra 8:21, on the appointment of a fast at the
river Ahava, on the return of the people from the Babylonish captivity. ...
/.../the institutes of the christian religion/chapter 12 of the discipline.htm

Thesaurus
Ahava (3 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. AHAVA. ... When all was ready the company "departed
from the river Ahava," and journeyed in safety to Jerusalem. ...
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Aha'va (3 Occurrences)
Aha'va. Ahava, Aha'va. Ahaz . Multi-Version Concordance Aha'va (3 Occurrences).
Ezra 8:15 And I gathered them together to the river ...
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Canal (6 Occurrences)
... Ezra 8:15 I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava; and there we
encamped three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there ...
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Ezra (28 Occurrences)
... Ezra assembled the band of exiles, probably about 5,000 in all, who were prepared
to go up with him to Jerusalem, on the banks of the Ahava, where they rested ...
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Viewed (9 Occurrences)
... Ezra 8:15 I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava; and there we
encamped three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there ...
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Viewing (6 Occurrences)
... Ezra 8:15 And I made them come together by the river flowing to Ahava; and we were
there in tents for three days: and after viewing the people and the priests ...
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Lier (1 Occurrence)
... Ezra 8:31 Then we departed from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the first
month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he ...
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Lier-in-wait (2 Occurrences)
... (DBY). Ezra 8:31 Then we departed from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the
first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he ...
/l/lier-in-wait.htm - 7k

Ivah (3 Occurrences)
... It lay on the Euphrates, between Sepharvaim and Henah, and is supposed by some to
have been the Ahava of Ezra (8:15). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. IVAH. ...
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Flows (14 Occurrences)
... Ezra 8:15 And I made them come together by the river flowing to Ahava; and we were
there in tents for three days: and after viewing the people and the priests ...
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Concordance
Ahava (3 Occurrences)

Ezra 8:15
I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava; and there we encamped three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ezra 8:21
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek of him a straight way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ezra 8:31
Then we departed from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and the bandit by the way.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

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Ahava

Ahava: A River of Babylon

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