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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [1]

Rehob . 1 . A town at the northern end of the valley of the Jordan (  Numbers 13:21 ,   2 Samuel 10:3 ), most probably the same as Beth-rehob , of which the exact site is unknown. 2, 3 . Two Asherite towns, neither of which has been identified (  Joshua 19:28; Jos 21:31 ,   1 Chronicles 6:75 ,   Joshua 19:30 ,   Judges 1:31 ). 4 . The father of Hadadezer (  2 Samuel 8:3;   2 Samuel 8:12 ). 5 . A signatory to the covenant (  Nehemiah 10:11 ).

Morrish Bible Dictionary [2]

1. Father of Hadadezer king of Zobah.  2 Samuel 8:3,12 .

2. Levite who sealed the covenant.   Nehemiah 10:11 .

3. The northern limit of the exploration by the spies.   Numbers 13:21;  2 Samuel 10:8 . Identified by some with Hunin , 33 13' N, 35 32' E .

4,5. Two cities assigned to Asher, one of which was allotted to the Levites, but which of the two is not known, nor can they be identified.   Joshua 19:28,30;  Joshua 21:31;  Judges 1:31;  1 Chronicles 6:75 .

Smith's Bible Dictionary [3]


1. The father of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, whom David smote at the Euphrates.  2 Samuel 8:3;  2 Samuel 8:12. (B.C. before 1043).

2. A Levite or family of Levites, who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah.  Nehemiah 10:11. (B.C. 410).

3. The northern limit of the exploration of the spies.  Numbers 13:21. Robinson fixes the position of Rehob, as not far from Tell El-Kady and Banias .

4. One of the towns, allotted to Asher.  Joshua 19:28.

5. Asher contained another Rehob,  Joshua 19:30, but the situation of these towns is unknown.

Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary [4]

King of Zobah in Syria,  2 Samuel 8:3. It should seem that the name is derived from Rachab, breadth. There was also a Rehob among the captives of Israel which returned from Babylon,  Nehemiah 10:11. And there was a city of Asher called Rehob, bordering upon Syria, on the road to Hamath. See  Joshua 19:28;  Numbers 13:11. The Syrians called it Bethrehob. See  2 Samuel 10:6.

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary [5]

1. A Levitical city in Asher,  Joshua 19:28;  21:31 , on the northern border of the Holy Land, called also Beth-rehob, and lying in a valley south of Anti-Lebanon, not far north of Dan,  Numbers 13:21;  Judges 18:28 . It was long governed by its own kings,  Judges 1:31 , but in the time of David was rendered tributary,  2 Samuel 10:6,8,19 . Some think there were two cities of this name in Asher.

2. The father of Hadadezer king of Zobah in Syria,  2 Samuel 8:3 .

Easton's Bible Dictionary [6]

  • Another town of Asher ( Joshua 19:30 ), kept possession of by the Canaanites ( Judges 1:31 ).

    Copyright Statement These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., DD Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Rehob'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

  • Holman Bible Dictionary [7]

     2 Samuel 8:12 2 Nehemiah 10:11 3 Numbers 13:21 Joshua 19:28 19:30 Judges 1:31 Joshua 21:31 1 Chronicles 6:75

    Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [8]

    (Heb. Rechob', רְחֹב [twice רְחוֹב ,  2 Samuel 10:8;  Nehemiah 10:11], a street, from its width; Sept. ῾Ραάβ v. r. ῾Ροώβ , etc.), the name of two men and also of three places in the north of Palestine.

    1. The father of the Hadadezer, king of Zobah, whom David smote at the Euphrates ( 2 Samuel 8:3;  2 Samuel 8:12). B.C. ante 1043. Josephus ( Ant. 7:5, 1) calls him Araiis ( Ἀράος ) , and the old Latin version Arachus. The name possibly had some connection with the district of Syria called Rehob, or Beth-rehob ( 2 Samuel 10:6;  2 Samuel 10:8).

    2. A Levite who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah ( Nehemiah 10:11). B.C. 410.

    3. The northern limit of the exploration of the spies who explored Canaan ( Numbers 13:21). It is specified as being "as men come unto Hamath," or, as the phrase is elsewhere rendered, "at the entrance of Hamath," i.e. at the commencement of the territory of that name, by which in the early books of the Bible the great valley of Lebanon, the Bika'ah of the prophets, and the Bfuka'a of the modern Arabs, seems to be roughly designated. This, and the consideration of the improbability that the spies went farther than the upper end of the Jordan valley, seems to fix the position of Rehob as not far from Tell el-Kady and Banias. This is conifirmed by the statement of  Judges 18:28, that Laish or Dan (Tell el- Kady) was "in the valley that is by Beth-rehob." Dr. Robinson ( Later Bib. Res. p. 371) proposes to identify it with Hunin, an ancient fortress in the mountains north-west of the plain of Huleh, the upper district of the Jordan valley. But since the names Ruheib, of a valley, and Deir-Rabba, of an Arab ruin, are found near Bhnias, Thomson (Land and Book, 1, 391) prefers that vicinity. There is no reason to doubt that this Rehob or Beth- rehob was identical with the place mentioned under both names in  2 Samuel 10:6;  2 Samuel 10:8, in connection with Maacah, which was also in the upper district of the Huleh. (See Beth-Rehob).

    4. One of the towns allotted to Asher ( Joshua 19:28), and which from the list appears to have been in close proximity to Zidon. It is named between Ebron, or Abdon, and Hammon. Schwarz, from some Jewish writer, gives it a position seven and a half miles east of Tyre, on the river Leontes; referring, perhaps, to the modern village Rezieh or Harziyeh.

    5. Asher contained another Rehob ( Joshua 19:30).

    One of the two was allotted to the Gershonite Levites (21:31;  1 Chronicles 6:75), and of one its Canaanitish inhabitants retained possession ( Judges 1:31). The mention of Aphik in this latter passage may imply that the Rehob referred to was that of  Joshua 19:30. This, Eusebius and Jerome ( Onomasticon, s.v. "Roob") confound with the Rehob of the spies, and place four Roman miles from Scythopolis. The place they refer to still survives as Rehab, three and a half miles south of Beisan, but their identification of a town in that position with one in the territory of Asher is obviously inaccurate. The Rehob in question is possibly represented by the modern Tell Kurdany, south of the river Belus, near the northern base of which is a village with a perennial spring (Robinson, Later Bib. Res. p. 104).

    International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [9]

    rē´hob ( רחב , reḥōbh  ; Ῥοώβ , Rhoṓb , Ῥαάβ , Rhaáb ):

    (1) Etymologically the word means "broad" and might be applied either to a road or a plain. Rehob is given ( Numbers 13:21 ) as the northern limit of Israel as reached by the spies. This agrees with the position assigned to Beth-rehob in the narrative of the settlement of the Danites ( Judges 18:28 ). It is mentioned again along with the kingdom of Zobah in connection with the wars of Saul ( 1 Samuel 14:47 Septuagint Lag.), and as having been associated with, Zobah and Maacah against David in the Ammonite war and as having been defeated by him (  2 Samuel 10:6 ). Robinson sought to identify it with Hunin, but it hardly suits the references. Buhl ( GAP , 240) following Thomson ( LB , II, 547) seeks it at Paneas (modern Bāniās ). This would suit all the requirements of the capital, Beth-rehob, which might then be the second Rehob, assigned as part of the territory of Sidon to the tribe Asher ( Joshua 19:28 ,  Joshua 19:30;  Judges 18:28 ). We must, however, assign to the kingdom of Rehob a territory extending from the settlements of the Danites to the "entering in of Hamath" or to Libo (modern Leboue), i.e. the Great Plain of Coele-Syria bounded by Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon and within the limits indicated.

    (2) Two separate towns belonging to Asher ( Joshua 19:28;  Joshua 19:30 ). One of them was given to the Gershonite Levites ( Joshua 21:31 ), and one is mentioned as remaining in the hands of the Canaanites ( Judges 1:31 ).

    (3) Father of Hadadezer, king of Aram Zobah, who was overwhelmed by David at the Euphrates ( 2 Samuel 8:3 ,  2 Samuel 8:12 ).

    (4) One of the Levites who sealed Nehemiah's covenant on the 24th Tishri, 444 Bc ( Nehemiah 10:11 ).

    Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature [10]

    Rehob, 1

    Re´hob, called also Beth-Rehob, a town on the northern border of Palestine , not far from Dan . It was assigned to the tribe of Asher , and was a Levitical city . It does not, however, appear that the Israelites ever had it in actual possession (comp.;; ).

    Rehob, 2

    Rehob, the father of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, in Syria .