Atharim

Ath'arim (Hebrews Atharinm', אֲתָרַים, regions; Sept. Α᾿θαρείμ), a place in the south of Palestine near which the Israelites passed on their way thither (Nu 21:1, where the English version improperly renders הָאֲתָרַים דֶּרֶך, "the way of the spies;" see Gesenius, Thes. Heb. p. 171). It was, perhaps, a general designation of the region north of Mount Seir through which the Canaanites presumed that the Israelites were about to pass, as indeed they would have done but for the Edomites' refusal of a passage to them. SEE EXOIC.

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