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Hebrew: “arabah.” / Meaning: plain (in the sense of sterility); a desert

This name appears in only one verse of the King James Bible (KJV) (Joshua 18:18), but it appears many times in other versions. Except for Joshua 18:18 and Amos 6:14, the KJV always translates “arabah” as “plain.” In Amos 6:14, the KJV translates it as “wilderness.”

This name was especially associated with the generally sterile and hollow depression through which the Jordan flows from the Lake of Galilee to the Dead Sea.

The Arabs later called it el-Ghor. But the Ghor is sometimes spoken of as extending 10 miles south of the Dead Sea, and from there to the Gulf of Akabah on the Red Sea it is called the Wady el-Arabah.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.