Bible Cities: Padan Aram
Ancient Padan Aram
Padan Aram in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the plain of Aram, or the plain of the highlands, (Gen. 25:20;
28:2, 5-7; 31:18, etc.), commonly regarded as the district of
Mesopotamia (q.v.) lying around Haran.
Padan Aram in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
"The flat land of Aram," contrasted with the more mountainous
region of the N. and N.E. of Mesopotamia (Hosea 12:12), "the
field (sedeh) of Aram" (Genesis 25:20), the same as Aram
Naharaim, "Aram of the two rivers," or Mesopotamia. (See
MESOPOTAMIA.) (Genesis 24:10). Aram expresses the highland of
Syria, contrasted with the lowland of Canaan. The land between
Tigris and Euphrates is a vast flat, except where the Sinjar
range intersects it. The home of Rebekah, Laban, etc.
Padan Aram in Hitchcock's Bible Names
cultivated field or table-land
Padan Aram in Smiths Bible Dictionary
By this name, which signifies the table-land of Aram, i.e.
Syriac, the Hebrews designated the tract of country which they
otherwise called the Aram-naharaim, "Aram of the two of
rivers," the Greek Mesopotamia, Ge 24:10 and "the field
(Authorized Version,'country') of Syria." Ho 12:13 The term
was perhaps more especially applied to that portion which
bordered on the Euphrates, to distinguish if from the
mountainous districts in the north and northeast of
Mesopotamia. It is elsewhere called PADAN simply.
Ge 48:7 Abraham obtained a wife for Isaac from Padan-
aram. Ge 25:20 Jacob's wives were also from Padan-aram, Ge
28:2,5,6,7; 31:1-8; 33:18
Padan Aram in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
pad'-an-a'-ram or p.-ar'-am (paddan 'aram; Septuagint
Mesopotamia tes Surias; the King James Version Padan-aram):
In Gen 48:7, Paddan stands alone, but as the Septuagint,
Sam, and Peshitta read "Aram" also, it must in this verse
have dropped out of the Massoretic Text. In the time of
Abraham, padanu occurs on the Babylonian contract-tablets as
a land measure, to which we may compare the Arabic feddan or
"ox-gang." In the Assyrian syllabaries it is the equivalent
of iklu, "a field," so that Paddan-aram would mean "the
field of Aram," and with this we may compare Hos 12:12
(Hebrew 12:13) and the use of the Hebrew sadheh in
connection with Moab and Edom (Jdg 5:4; Ruth 1:6).
Furthermore, [`padanu] and harranu are given as synonyms
with the meaning of "road."
Paddan-aram occurs only in the Priestly Code (P), but it
corresponds to the "Haran" of the older documents. The
versions agree in translating both as Mesopotamia, and
identify with the home of the patriarchs and the scene of
Jacob's exile the district of Haran to the East of the Upper
Euphrates valley. More in harmony with the length of Jacob's
flight, as indicated by the time given (Gen 31:22,23), is
Harran-el-`Awamid, an ancient site 10 miles to the East of
Damascus, which satisfies all the demands of history.
Padan Scripture - Genesis 48:7
And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in
the land of Canaan in the way, when yet [there was] but a
little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the
way of Ephrath; the same [is] Bethlehem.
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