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HEBREW: 1757 arwd Duwra' (Aramaic)
NAVE: Dura
EBD: Dura
SMITH: DURA
ISBE: DURA
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Dura

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Dura: NET AVS NIV NRSV NASB TEV
a place (on a plain)

generation, habitation ( --> same as Dor)
Google Maps: Dura (32° 32´, 44° 25´)

Hebrew

Strongs #01757: arwd Duwra' (Aramaic)

Dura = "dwelling"

1) a place in Babylonia where Nebuchadnezzar set up the golden image,
site uncertain

1757 Duwra' doo-raw'

(Aramaic) probably from 1753; circle or dwelling; Dura, a
place in Babylonia:-Dura.
see HEBREW for 01753

Dura [EBD]

the circle, the plain near Babylon in which Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image, mentioned in Dan. 3:1. The place still retains its ancient name. On one of its many mounds the pedestal of what must have been a colossal statue has been found. It has been supposed to be that of the golden image.

Dura [NAVE]

DURA, plain of, Dan. 3:1.

DURA [SMITH]

(a circle), the plain where Nebuchadnezzar set up the golden image, (Daniel 3:1) has been sometimes identified with a tract a little below Tekrit , on the left bank of the Tigris, where the name Dur is still found. M. Oppert places the plain (or, as he calls it, the "valley") of Dura to the southeast of Babylon, in the vicinity of the mound of Dowair or Duair , where was found the pedestal of a huge statue.

DURA [ISBE]

DURA - du'-ra (dura'): The name of the plain on which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, set up the great golden image which all his subjects were ordered to worship (Dan 3:1). Oppert placed it to the Southeast of Babylon, near a small river and mounds bearing the name of Douair or Duair, where, also, was what seemed to be the base of a great statue (Exped. scientifique en Mesopotamie, I, 238 f). Others have believed that name to indicate a portion of the actual site of Babylon within the great wall (duru) of the city--perhaps the rampart designated dur Su-anna, "the rampart (of the city) Lofty-defense," a name of Babylon. The fact that the plain was within the city of Babylon precludes an identification with the city Duru, which seems to have lain in the neighborhood of Erech (Hommel, Grundriss, 264, note 5). It is noteworthy that the Septuagint substitutes Deeira, for Dura, suggesting that the Greek translators identified it with the Babylonian Deru, a city which apparently lay toward the Elamite border. It seems to have been called also Dur-ili, "god's rampart." That it was at some distance is supported by the list WAI, IV, 36 [38], where Duru, Tutul and Gudua (Cuthah), intervene between Deru or Dur-ili and Tindir (Babylon). "The plain of the dur" or "rampart" within Babylon would therefore seem to be the best rendering.

T. G. Pinches


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