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Smith's Bible Dictionary [1]

Ze'red. (Osier Brook).  Deuteronomy 2:13-14. Ze'red or Za'red .  Numbers 21:12. A brook or valley running into the Dead Sea near its southeast corner, which Dr. Robinson, with some probability, suggests as identical with the Wady El-Ahsy . It lay between Moab and Edom and is the limit of the proper term of the Israelites' wandering.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [2]

ZERED . The torrent-valley ( nachal ) of Zered is named in the itinerary of Israel’s journeyings,   Numbers 21:12 , immediately prior to their crossing of the Arnon, and in   Deuteronomy 2:13 as the point that marked the close of the 38 years’ wanderings. It is probably either the Sail Sa‘ideh (the principal confluent of the Arnon from the S.E.) or the Wâdy Kerak .

Easton's Bible Dictionary [3]

 Numbers 21:12 Deuteronomy 2:14 Isaiah 15:7 Amos 6:14

Holman Bible Dictionary [4]

 Deuteronomy 2:13-14Palestine

Fausset's Bible Dictionary [5]

(See Zared .)

Morrish Bible Dictionary [6]


Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [7]


(Heb. id. זֶרֶד [in pause Za'red, זָרֶד  Deuteronomy 2:13; "Zared," Numbers 21:12], osier-brook; Sept. Ζαρέδ v.r. Ζαρέτ and Ζαρέ ), the name of a brook or valley ( נִחִלִ ) on the border between Moab and Edom ( Deuteronomy 2:13), where the Israelites encamped before crossing the Arnon ( Numbers 21:12). It seems to be the same with the Wady el-Ahsy, which runs into the Dead Sea near its S.E. corner (Robinson, Bibl. Res. 2, 157). Laborde, arguing from the distance, thinks that the source of the Wady Ghuirundel in the Arabah is the site, as from Mount Hor to el-Ahsy is by way of Ezion-geber sixty-five leagues, in which only four stages occur; a rate of progress quite beyond their power. This argument, however, is feeble, since it is clear that the march stations mentioned indicate not daily stages, but more permanent encampments. He also thinks the palm trees of Wady Ghuruindel would have attracted notice, and that Wady Jethum (el-Ithm) could not have been the way consistently with the precept of  Deuteronomy 2:3. "The camping station in the catalogue of Numbers 23, which corresponds to the "pitching in the valley of Zered" of  Numbers 21:12, is probably Dibon-gad, as it stands next to Ije-abarim (comp.  Numbers 33:44-45 with  Numbers 21:12). The Wady el-Ahsy forms the boundary between the districts of Jebal and Kerak. Taking its rise near the castle of el-Ahsy, on the route of the Syrian Haj, upon the high eastern desert, it breaks down through the whole chain of mountains (:Burckhardt, Travels, p. 400) in a very deep ravine, and contains a hot spring which the Arabs call the "Bath of Solomon son of David" (Irby, May 29). The Israelites doubtless crossed it near its upper end, where it would present no difficulty. SEE Exode

The Jewish interpreters translate the name in the first case "osiers," and in the second "baskets" (Targum of Pseudo-Jonathan), which recalls the "brook of the willows" of Isaiah ( Isaiah 15:7). The name Sufsaf (willow) is attached to the valley which runs down from Kerak to the Dead Sea; but this appears to be too far north for the Zered. (See Brook Of The Willows).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [8]

zē´red ( זרד , zeredh  ; Codex Vaticanus Ζάρετ , Záret  ; Codex Alexandrinus Ζάρε , Záre  ; the King James Version, Zared (  Numbers 21:12 )): This is the naḥal or "torrent valley" given as the place where Israel encamped before they reached the Arnon ( Numbers 21:12 ). In  Deuteronomy 2:13 f, the crossing of the brook Zered marks the end of the 38 years' desert wanderings. It has often been identified with Wâdy el - ‛Aḥsa , which runs up from the southeastern corner of the Dead Sea. A fatal objection to this is that the host had entered the wilderness to the East of Moab before they crossed the Zered ( Numbers 21:11 ), while Wâdy el - ‛Aḥsa must have formed the southern boundary of Moab. We may conclude with certainty that one of the confluents of Wâdy Kerak is intended, but which, it is impossible now to say.

Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature [9]

Ze´red, the name of a valley () and of the stream flowing through it, east of the Dead Sea [RIVERSOFPALESTINE].