Seir

Seir (See´uhr; Heb., “hairy”)

1 The mountainous region southeast of the land of Canaan inhabited by the Edomites. Also called “Mt. Seir,” the region may have encompassed not only the mountains east of the Arabah (the Rift Valley), but those on the west side as well. According to (Deut 2:22), the Horites (Hurrians) had inhabited Seir before they were driven out by the Edomites; these Horite clans are enumerated in (Gen 36:20-29). The Edomites, descendants of Jacob’s brother, Esau, eventually established a kingdom in the region (Gen 36:9-19; Gen 31-43:9; Josh 24:4). On Israel’s journey from Kadesh-barnea to the plains of Moab it was denied passage through Seir by the Edomites (Num 20:14-21; Deut 2:1-8). Subsequently the region continued to play a significant role in Israel’s history (2Sam 8:13-14; 2Kgs 14:7; 2Kgs 14:22). 2 A hill on the northern border of the tribe of Judah, located west of Jerusalem on the western slopes of the Judean highlands, between Kiriath-jearim (modern Deir el Azar) and Chesalon (modern Kesla). Its exact identification is uncertain.

Deut 2:22

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Gen 36:20-29

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Gen 36:9-19

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Gen 31-43:9

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Josh 24:4

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Num 20:14-21

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2Sam 8:13-14

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2Kgs 14:7

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