Char'ashim (Hebrews Charashim´, חֲרָשַׁים, craftsmen, as it is explained in the text; Sept. Α᾿γεαδδαϊvρ v. r. Γησρασείμ), the name of a valley (גֵּיא, ravine) inhabited by the descendants of Joab (q.v.), of the tribe of Judah, so called from their employment as artificers (1Ch 4:14). The same place is mentioned in Ne 11:35 (A. V. "valley of craftsmen;" Sept. γῆ ἀγασείμ) as extant after the Captivity, and inhabited by the Benjamites, and as lying not far from Jerusalem. The Talmud (as quoted by Schwarz,

Palest. p. 135) reports the valley of Charashim to consist of Lod and Ono, which lay therein. These notices appear to fix its position as in the undulating ground at the back of the plain of Sharon, east of Jaffa, being, in fact, the depression now marked by Wady hazeirah. SEE CRAFTSMAN.

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