Bible Names A-G: Arba
Arba in Easton's Bible Dictionary
four, a giant, father of Anak. From him the city of Hebron
derived its name of Kirjath-arba, i.e., the city of
14:15; 15:13; 21:11; Gen. 13:18; 23:2). (See HEBRON
Arba in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
('Ar Baal "hero of Baal".) Progenitor of the Anakim. From him
their city Hebron got its name, Kirjath Arba (Joshua 14:15;
Joshua 15:13; Joshua 21:11). Hebron it was first called, then
Mamre, then Kirjath Arba, then it resumed its first name
(Genesis 13:18; Genesis 23:2).
Arba in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Arba in Naves Topical Bible
1. Father of Anak
Arba in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(city of the four), the progenitor of the Anakim, or sons of
Anak, from whom their chief city, HEBRON, received its name of
Jos 14:15; 15:13; 21:11
Arba in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ar'-ba ('arba`, "four"): Variously described as "the greatest
man among the Anakim" (Josh 14:15), "the father of Anak" (Josh
15:13), "the father of Anok" (Josh 21:11 margin). Thus he
seems to have been regarded as the ancestor of the Anakim, and
as the most famous hero of that race. He was the reputed
founder of the city called after him, on the site of which
Hebron was built (Josh 21:11).
Arba in Wikipedia
(ארבע) (meaning "four") was a man mentioned in assorted, but
early, Old Testament verses of the Bible. In Joshua 14:15 ,
he is cited as the "greatest man among the Anakites" and the
father of Anak. Arba himself was the father of Anak, whose
descendents went on to be called the Anakites, or "Anakim,"
which is the Hebrew plural. Arba himself was not an Anakite,
since he was the progenitor.
The Anakites were said to have been a mixed race of giant
people. Although the scriptures allude to their being
Nephilim (again, Hebrew plural for Nephal), which were a
crossbreed of fallen angels and humans, as cited in Genesis
6:1-2 and Genesis 6:4 .
No early history of Arba is given in the Old Testament and
little is known of his genealogy, with the exception of his
son, Anak, and three possible grandsons, Sheshai, Ahiman,
and Talmai, which were driven out of the land Caleb
inherited, as cited in Joshua 15:13-14 .
The Bible also mentions that the modern city of Hebron, in
ancient times was know to be called Kirjath-arba or "Kiriath
Arba" (city of Arba) after Arba. Although a modern day
settlement exists east of Hebron named Kiryat Arba, its
relation is not known.
Arba Scripture - Joshua 14:15
And the name of Hebron before [was] Kirjatharba; [which Arba
was] a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from
Arba Scripture - Joshua 15:13
And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the
children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD to
Joshua, [even] the city of Arba the father of Anak, which
[city is] Hebron.
Arba Scripture - Joshua 21:11
And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which
[city is] Hebron, in the hill [country] of Judah, with the
suburbs thereof round about it.
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