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Numbers 21:1

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Victory at Hormah

21:1 1 When the Canaanite king of Arad 2  who lived in the Negev 3  heard that Israel was approaching along the road to Atharim, he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoner.

1 sn This chapter has several events in it: the victory over Arad (vv. 1-3), the plague of serpents (vv. 4-9), the approach to Moab (vv. 10-20), and the victory over Sihon and Og (vv. 21-35). For information, see D. M. Gunn, “The ‘Battle Report’: Oral or Scribal Convention.” JBL 93 (1974): 513-18; and of the extensive literature on the archaeological site, see EAEHL 1:74-89.

2 sn The name Arad probably refers to a place a number of miles away from Tel Arad in southern Israel. The name could also refer to the whole region (like Edom).

3 tn Or “the south”; “Negev” has become a technical name for the southern desert region and is still in use in modern times.



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