What does Salt, Valley Of mean in the Bible?


Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Salt, Valley of
SALT, VALLEY OF . The scene of memorable victories of David over the Edomites ( 2 Samuel 8:13 , 1 Chronicles 18:12 ), and, at a later period, of Amaziah over the same enemies ( 2 Kings 14:7 , 2 Chronicles 25:11 ). It may be identified with the plain extending from the southern end of the Dead Sea to the foot of the cliffs which cross the valley from side to side and form the southern margin of the Ghor.
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Salt, Valley of
A place where it is said David smote the Syrians (2 Samuel 8:13 ). This valley (the' Arabah) is between Judah and Edom on the south of the Dead Sea. Hence some interpreters would insert the words, "and he smote Edom," after the words, "Syrians" in the above text. It is conjectured that while David was leading his army against the Ammonites and Syrians, the Edomites invaded the south of Judah, and that David sent Joab or Abishai against them, who drove them back and finally subdued Edom. (Compare title to Psalm 60 .) Here also Amaziah "slew of Edom ten thousand men" (2 Kings 14:7 ; comp 8:: 2022-22 and 2 Chronicles 25:5-11 ).
Smith's Bible Dictionary - Salt, Valley of,
a valley in which occurred two memorable victories of the Israelite arms:
That of David over the Edomites. (2 Samuel 8:13 ; 1 Chronicles 18:12 )
That of Amaziah. (2 Kings 14:7 ; 2 Chronicles 25:11 ) It is perhaps the broad open plain which lies at the lower end of the Dead Sea, and intervenes between the lake itself and the range of heights which crosses the valley at six or eight miles to the south. This same view is taken by Dr. Robinson. Others suggest that it is nearer to Petra. What little can be inferred from the narrative as to its situation favors the latter theory.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Salt, Valley of
Geographical passageway south and east of the Dead Sea, often identified with wadi el-Milch south of Beersheba, but this location is not accepted by modern commentators. David killed 18,000 Edomites there (2 Samuel 8:13 ; compare 1 Chronicles 18:12 ; Psalm 60:1 ). King Amaziah (796-767 B.C.) killed 10,000 Edomites (2 Kings 14:7 ).
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Salt, Valley of
Gee' , more accurately "ravine," Μelach . The battle field between Judah and Edom where David and Amaziah conquered Abishai. (See JOAB; DAVID; AMAZIAH; ABISHAI.) (2 Samuel 8:13; 1 Chronicles 18:12; Psalm 60 title; 1 Kings 11:15-16; 2 Kings 14:7; 2 Chronicles 25:11). (See EDOM Near the salt mountain (Usdum), the upper part of the Arabah or plain S. of the Salt Sea; the boundary between Judah and Edom. Grove objects to this identification with the plain intervening between the Dead Sea and the heights which cross the valley seven miles to the S. For
(1) ge is not elsewhere applied to a broad valley or sunk plain like the lower Ghor; 'eemeq or biquaah would be the name.
(2) 'Αrabah was the Hebrew name.
(3) "Salt" is not necessarily the right translation of Melach.
(4) Amaziah brought 10,000 prisoners to Sela (Petra), Edom's stronghold, and cast them down; he would scarcely bring so many prisoners from near the Dead Sea, 50 miles through a hostile and difficult country; more likely the valley of Salt was nearer Petra.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Salt, Valley of
Place where battles were fought by David and Amaziah against their enemies. 2 Samuel 8:13 ; 2 Kings 14:7 ; 1 Chronicles 18:12 ; 2 Chr. 25:11; Psalm 60 title. It is supposed to be in the northern part of the Arabah valley, south of the Dead Sea.
People's Dictionary of the Bible - Salt Valley of
Salt, Valley of. Apparently the Ghor or valley at the southwestern extremity of the Dead Sea, adjacent to the mountain of salt; where the Hebrews gained two decisive victories over the Edomites. The "Syrians" is read in 2 Samuel 8:13, by a copyist's error. 1 Chronicles 18:12; 2 Kings 14:7; 2 Chronicles 25:11. In this neighborhood lay also the City of Salt. Joshua 15:61-62.

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