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Ai

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Ai: NET AVS NIV NRSV NASB TEV
Aiath: NET AVS NIV NRSV NASB TEV
Aija: NET AVS NIV NRSV NASB TEV
a town of Canaanites in Benjamin
a town 2-3 km SE of Bethel

mass; heap ( --> same as Hai)
mass; heap; an hour; eye; fountain ( --> same as Ain)
NETBible Maps: OT2 C6 ; OT4 C6 ; OT5 C6
Google Maps: Ai (1) (31° 55´, 35° 15´); Ai (2) (31° 48´, 35° 48´); Aiath (31° 55´, 35° 15´); Aija (31° 55´, 35° 15´)

Hebrew

Strongs #05857: ye `Ay or (fem.) aye `Aya' (\\#Ne 11:31\\) or tye `Ayath (\\#Isa 10:28\\)

Ai or Aija or Aiath or Hai = "heap of ruins"

1) a city lying east of Bethel and beside Bethaven near Jericho and
the second city taken on the invasion of Canaan
2) a city of the Ammonites on the east of the Jordan and apparently
attached to Heshbon

5857 `Ay ah'ee

or (feminine) uAya( (Neh. 11:31) {ah-yaw'}; or eAyath (Isaiah
10:28) {ah-yawth'}; for 5856; Ai, Aja or Ajath, a place in
Palestine:-Ai, Aija, Aijath, Hai.
see HEBREW for 05856

Ai [EBD]

ruins. (1.) One of the royal cities of the Canaanites (Josh. 10:1; Gen. 12:8; 13:3). It was the scene of Joshua's defeat, and afterwards of his victory. It was the second Canaanite city taken by Israel (Josh. 7:2-5; 8:1-29). It lay rebuilt and inhibited by the Benjamites (Ezra 2:28; Neh. 7:32; 11:31). It lay to the east of Bethel, "beside Beth-aven." The spot which is most probably the site of this ancient city is Haiyan, 2 miles east from Bethel. It lay up the Wady Suweinit, a steep, rugged valley, extending from the Jordan valley to Bethel.

(2.) A city in the Ammonite territory (Jer. 49:3). Some have thought that the proper reading of the word is Ar (Isa. 15:1).

Ai [NAVE]

AI
1. A royal city of the Canaanites. Conquest and destruction of, Josh. 7; 8.
Rebuilt, Ezra 2:28.
Called also Aija, Neh. 11:31; and Aiath, Isa. 10:28.
Population of, Josh. 8:25.
2. A city of the Ammonites, Jer. 49:3.

Aiath [NAVE]

AIATH
See Ai.

Aija [NAVE]

AIJA
See: Ai.

AI [SMITH]

(heap of ruins).
  1. A city lying east of Bethel and "beside Bethaven." (Joshua 7:2; 8:9) It was the second city taken by Israel after the passage of the Jordan, and was "utterly destroyed." (Joshua 7:3-5; 8:1; Joshua 9:3; 10:1,2; 12:9)
  2. A city of the Ammonites, apparently attached to Heshbon. (Jeremiah 49:3)

AIATH [SMITH]

(feminine of Ai), a place named by Isaiah, (Isaiah 10:28) in connection with Migron and Michmash probably the same as Ai.

AIJA [SMITH]

like Aiath probably a variation of the name Ai, mentioned with Michmash and Bethel. (Nehemiah 11:31)

AI [ISBE]

AI - a'-i (`ay, written always with the definite article, ha-`ay, probably meaning "the ruin," kindred root, `awah):

(1) A town of central Palestine, in the tribe of Benjamin, near and just east of Bethel (Gen 12:8). It is identified with the modern Haiyan, just south of the village Der Diwan (Conder in HDB; Delitzsch in Commentary on Gen 12:8) or with a mound, El-Tell, to the north of the modern village (Davis, Dict. Biblical). The name first appears in the earliest journey of Abraham through Palestine (Gen 12:8), where its location is given as east of Bethel, and near the altar which Abraham built between the two places. It is given similar mention as he returns from his sojourn in Egypt (Gen 13:3). In both of these occurrences the King James Version has the form Hai, including the article in transliterating. The most conspicuous mention of Ai is in the narrative of the Conquest. As a consequence of the sin of Achan in appropriating articles from the devoted spoil of Jericho, the Israelites were routed in the attack upon the town; but after confession and expiation, a second assault was successful, the city was taken and burned, and left a heap of ruins, the inhabitants, in number twelve thousand, were put to death, the king captured, hanged and buried under a heap of stones at the gate of the ruined city, only the cattle being kept as spoil by the people (Josh 7; 8). The town had not been rebuilt when Josh was written (Josh 8:28). The fall of Ai gave the Israelites entrance to the heart of Canaan, where at once they became established, Bethel and other towns in the vicinity seeming to have yielded without a struggle. Ai was rebuilt at some later period, and is mentioned by Isa (10:28) in his vivid description of the approach of the Assyrian army, the feminine form (`ayyath) being used. Its place in the order of march, as just beyond Michmash from Jerusalem, corresponds with the identification given above. It is mentioned also in post-exilic times by Ezr (2:28) and Neh (7:32, and in 11:31 as, `ayya'), identified in each case by the grouping with Bethel.

(2) The Ai of Jer 49:3 is an Ammonite town, the text probably being a corruption of `ar; or ha-`ir, "the city" (BDB).

Edward Mack

AIATH [ISBE]

AIATH - a'-yath (`ayyath): Found in Isa 10:28; feminine form of the city AI (which see).

AIJA [ISBE]

AIJA - a-i'-ja (`ayya'): A form of name for city Ai, found in Neh 11:31.

See AI; AIATH.


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