Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1) A Horite; one of the "dukes" of Edom ( Genesis 36:20 - 30 ).
(2) The name of a mountainous region occupied by the Edomites, extending along
the eastern side of the Arabah from the south-eastern extremity of the Dead Sea
to near the Akabah, or the eastern branch of the Red Sea. It was originally occupied
by the Horites ( Genesis 14:6 ), who were afterwards driven out by the Edomites
( Genesis 32:3 ; 33:14 , 33:16 ). It was allotted to the descendants of Esau (
Deuteronomy 2:4 , 2:22 ; Joshua 24:4 ; 2 Chronicles 20:10 ; Isaiah 21:11 ; Ezekiel
(3) A mountain range (not the Edomite range, Genesis 32:3 ) lying between the
Wady Aly and the Wady Ghurab ( Joshua 15:10 ).
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(hairy, Shaggy) We have both "land of Seir," ( Genesis
32:3 ; 36:50 ) and "Mount Seir." ( Genesis 14:6 ) It is the original name of the
mountain range extending along the east side of the valley of Arabah, from the
Dead Sea to the Elanitic, Golf. The Horites appear to have been the chief of the
aboriginal inhabitants, ( Genesis 36:20 ) but it was ever afterward the possession
of the Edomites, the descendants of Esau. The Mount Seir of the: Bible extended
much farther south than the modern province, as is shown by the words of ( Deuteronomy
2:1 - 8 ) It had the Arabah on the west, vs. 1 and 8; it extended as far south
as the head of the Gulf of Akabah, ver. 8; its eastern border ran along the base
of the mountain range where the plateau of Arabia begins. Its northern, order
is not so accurately determined. There is a line of "naked" white hills or cliffs
which run across the great valley about eight miles south of the Dead Sea, the
highest eminence being Mount Hor, which is 4800 feet high.
Mount Seir, an entirely different place from the foregoing; one of the landmarks
on the north boundary of the territory of Judah. ( Joshua 15:10 ) only. It lay
westward of Kirjath-jearim, and between it and Beth-shemesh. If Kuriel el-Enab
be the former and Ain-shems the latter of these two, then Mount Seir cannot fail
to be the ridge which lies between the Wady Aly and the Wady Ghurab . In a pass
of this ridge is the modern village of Seir.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(1) (har se'-ir, "Mt. Seir" (Genesis 14:6, etc.), 'erets se'-ir (Genesis 32:3,
etc.); to oros Seeir, ge Seeir):
In Genesis 32:3 "the land of Seir" is equated with "the field of Edom." The Mount
and the Land of Seir are alternative appellations of the mountainous tract which
runs along the eastern side of the Arabah, occupied by the descendants of Esau,
who succeeded the ancient Horites (Genesis 14:6; 36:20), "cave-dwellers," in possession.
For a description of the land see EDOM.
(2) (har se'ir; Codex Vaticanus Assar; Codex Alexandrinus Seeir):
A landmark on the boundary of Judah (Joshua 15:10), not far from Kiriath-jearim
and Chesalon. The name means "shaggy," and probably here denoted a wooded height.
It may be that part of the range which runs Northeast from Saris by Karyat el-'Anab
and Biddu to the plateau of el-Jib. Traces of an ancient forest are still to be
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