Abiram in Easton's Bible Dictionary
father of height; i.e., "proud." (1.) One of the sons of
who joined Korah in the conspiracy against Moses and
and all the conspirators, with their families and
(except the children of Korah), were swallowed up by
earthquake (Num. 16:1-27; 26:9; Ps. 106:17).
(2.) The eldest son of Hiel the Bethelite, who
prematurely in consequence of his father's undertaking
rebuild Jericho (1 Kings 16:34), according to the
Joshua (6:26). (See JERICHO -T0002036.)
Abiram in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("father of height".)
1. A Reubenite, son of Eliab; conspired with Dathan
and On, Reubenites, and Korah, a Levite, against Moses and
Aaron (Numbers 16). (See AARON; KORAH.)
2. Oldest son of Hiel the Bethelite (1 Kings 16:34);
perished at his father's laying the foundations of Jericho's
fortified walls, as Joshua's curse predicted (1 Kings 6:26).
Abiram in Hitchcock's Bible Names
high father; father of deceit
Abiram in Naves Topical Bible
1. An Israelite who conspired with Dathan against Moses and
Nu 16; 26:9,10; De 11:6; Ps 106:17
-2. Son of Hiel
Abiram in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. A Reubenite, son of Eliab, who with Korah, a Levite,
organized a conspiracy against Moses and Aaron. Nu 16:1 ...
[For details, see KORAH] (B.C. 1490.)
2. Eldest son of Hiel the bethelite, who died when his
father laid the foundations of Jericho, 1Ki 16:34 and thus
accomplished the first part of the curse of Joshua. Jos 6:26
(B.C. after 905.)
Abiram in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a-bi'-ram ('abhiram, "exalted father," or, "my father is an
(1) The son of Eliab the son of Pallu the son of Reuben (Nu
26:5 ff; Dt 11:6). In company with his brother Dathan and
Korah the Levite and others, he disputed the authority of
Moses and Aaron in the wilderness (Nu 16 through 17; 26; Dt
11:6; Ps 106:17). Two hundred and fifty followers of Korah
perished by fire at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Dathan and Abiram refused to come to the tent of meeting, at
the summons of Moses; and the earth opened where their tents
were, and swallowed them and their families and their goods.
(2) The firstborn son of Hiel the Bethelite, who rebuilt
Jericho in the time of Ahab (1 Ki 16:34; compare Josh 6:26).
This incident has recently acquired a new interest owing to
discoveries made at Gezer and Megiddo concerning foundation
sacrifices as in ancient times offered in Israel. One should
not be too positive in making statements concerning this,
but the following is a possible interpretation of the
record. The curse pronounced by Joshua on the man who should
rebuild Jericho was of a piece with the other details,
Jericho being treated exceptionally, as a city placed under
the ban. The language of Joshua's curse is capable of being
translated: `Cursed be the man before Yahweh who shall ....
build .... Jericho; (who) shall lay its foundation in his
firstborn, and set up its gates in his youngest.' According
to this interpretation the death of the builder's eldest and
youngest sons is not spoken of as the penalty involved in
the curse, but as an existing horrible custom, mentioned in
order to give solemnity to the diction of the curse. The
writer in Kings cites the language of the curse by Joshua.
The context in which he mentions the affair suggests that he
regards Hiel's conduct as exceptionally flagrant in its
wickedness. Hiel, in defiance of Yahweh, not only built the
city, but in building it revived the horrible old Canaanite
custom, making his first-born son a foundation sacrifice,
and his youngest son a sacrifice at the completion of the
Willis J. Beecher
Abiram in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: אֲבִירָם "my father is exalted", compare Abram), also
spelled Abiron, is the name of two people in the Old
One of the sons of Eliab, who joined Korah in the conspiracy
against Moses and Aaron. He and all the conspirators, with
their families and possessions, were swallowed up by an
earthquake (Numbers 16:1-40; 26:9-11; Psalms. 106:17).
The eldest son of Hiel the Bethelite, who perished prematurely
in consequence of his father's undertaking to rebuild Jericho
(1 Kings 16:34), according to the words of Joshua (6:26).
Abiram Scripture - 1 Kings 16:34
In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the
foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the
gates thereof in his youngest [son] Segub, according to the
word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
Abiram Scripture - Deuteronomy 11:6
And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the
son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed
them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the
substance that [was] in their possession, in the midst of all
Abiram Scripture - Numbers 16:1
Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of
Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the
son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]:
Abiram Scripture - Numbers 16:12
And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab:
which said, We will not come up:
Abiram Scripture - Psalms 106:17
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the
company of Abiram.