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HEBREW: 2477 xlx Chalach
NAVE: Halah
EBD: Halah
SMITH: HALAH
ISBE: HALAH
Hakeldama | Hakilah | Hakkatan | Hakkoz | Hakupha | Halah | Halak | Halak, Mount | Halakha | Hale | Half

Halah

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a town in upper Mesopotamia

a moist table
Google Maps: Halah (36° 20´, 40° 47´)

Hebrew

Strongs #02477: xlx Chalach

Halah = "painful"

1) a city or district in Mesopotamia under Assyrian control where the
Israelite captives were taken

2477 Chalach khal-akh'

probably of foreign origin; Chalach, a region of
Assyria:-Halah.

Halah [EBD]

a district of Media to which captive Israelites were transported by the Assyrian kings (2 Kings 17:6; 18:11; 1 Chr. 5:26). It lay along the banks of the upper Khabur, from its source to its junction with the Jerujer. Probably the district called by Ptolemy Chalcitis.

Halah [NAVE]

HALAH, a place to which Israelite captives were transported, 2 Kin. 17:6; 18:11; 1 Chr. 5:26.

HALAH [SMITH]

is probably a different place from the Calah of (Genesis 10:11) It may be identified with the Chalcitis of Ptolemy.

HALAH [ISBE]

HALAH - ha'-la (chalach; Halae, Hallae, Chaach, for Chalach, Chala; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) Hala):

1. Many Identifications:

Mentioned in 2 Ki 17:6; 18:11; 1 Ch 5:26, as one of the places to which the kings of Assyria sent the exiled Israelites (see GOZAN; HABOR). Various identifications have been proposed, all of them except the last more or less improbable for philological reasons: (1) the Assyrian Kalach (Nimrud, the Calah of Gen 10:11); (2) the Assyrian Hilakku (Cilicia); (3) Chalkitis in Mesopotamia (Ptol. v.18, 4), adjoining Gauzanitis (Gozan)--a good position otherwise; (4) the Calachene of Strabo, in the North of Assyria. Equally unsuitable, also, is (5) the Chalonitis of Pliny and Strabo, Northeast of Assyria, notwithstanding that this was apparently called Halah by the Syrians. An attractive identification was (6) with the river Balikh (by change of "H" into "B")--compare Septuagint "in Halae and in Habor, rivers of Gozan"--but even this has to be abandoned in favor of (7) the Assyrian Halahhu, which (except the doubling and the case-ending) is the same, letter for letter.

2. The Most Probable of Them:

It is mentioned in the W. Asia Inscr, II, plural 53, l. 35, between Arrapha (Arrapachitis) and Racappu (Reseph). According to the tablet K. 123, where it is called mat Halahhi, "the land of Halahhu," it apparently included the towns Se-bise, Se-irrisi, Lu-ammu(ti?), and Se-Akkulani, apparently four grain-producing centers for the Assyrian government. The first quotation implies that Halah was near or in Gauzanitis, and had a chief town of the same name. Of the 8 personal names in K. 123, 5 are Assyrian, the remainder being Syrian rather than Israelite.

T. G. Pinches




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