Holman Bible Dictionary
(jih ryoo' ehl) Place name meaning, “foundation of God.” Place where Jahaziel, the prophet, predicted King Jehoshaphat and his army would find the Ammonite and Moabite army. The exact location is not known. It was on the rugged descent southeast of Tekoa going to En-Gedi.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
A wilderness where Jehoshaphat was to find his enemies, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir, who destroyed one another. 2 Chronicles 20:16,23 . Doubtless in some part of the wilderness west of the Dead Sea, but it is not definitely identified.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
JERUEL . The part of the wilderness of JudÃ¦a that faces the W. shore of the Dead Sea below En-gedi. It was here that Jehoshaphat encountered a great host of the children of Moab, Ammon, and other trans-Jordanic tribes ( 2 Chronicles 20:16 ).
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Part of the flat country stretching from the Dead Sea to Tekoa, a waste table land in front of the valley; where Jahaziel told Jehoshaphat he should encounter Ammon, Moab, etc., pouring round the S. of the Dead Sea into Judah (2 Chronicles 20:16; 2 Chronicles 20:24); containing "the watchtower" built there for observing from afar such inroads. "The ascent of Ziz," or Hazziz, has probably given its name to the wady el Hasasah.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Founded by God, a "desert" on the ascent from the valley of the Dead Sea towards Jerusalem. It lay beyond the wilderness of Tekoa, in the direction of Engedi (2 Chronicles 20:16,20 ). It corresponds with the tract of country now called el-Hasasah.
- made their way up from the shores of the Dead Sea to the Wilderness of Jeruel
- dismayed by reason of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's; tomorrow go ye down against them; behold they come up by the cliff of Ziz, and ye shall find them at the end of the brook (valley) before the wilderness of Jeruel
, ye shall not need to fight
- It may be said to include the wilderness of EN-GEDI, that of MAON, and probably that of ZIPH and of Jeruel
- This word is used of the wilderness of Beersheba (Genesis 21:14 ), on the southern border of Palestine; the wilderness of the Red Sea (Exodus 13:18 ); of Shur (15:22), a portion of the Sinaitic peninsula; of Sin (17:1), Sinai (Leviticus 7:38 ), Moab (Deuteronomy 2:8 ), Judah (Judges 1:16 ), Ziph, Maon, En-gedi (1 Samuel 23:14,24 ; 24:1 ), Jeruel
and Tekoa (2 Chronicles 20:16,20 ), Kadesh (Psalm 29:8 )
- Besides those local denominations, others occur which apply to peripheric regions: wildernesses of Shur, of Sin, of Sinai, of Paran, of Ẓin, of Kadesh, of Ethan (or Yam-Suph), of Maon, of Ziph, of Beersheba, of Engedi, of Jeruel
, of Beth-aven, of Edom, of Moab, of Kedemoth