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HEBREW: 6177 rewre `Arow`er or rere `Aro`er or rwere `Ar`owr
NAVE: Aroer
EBD: Aroer
Arna | Arnan | Arnon | Arnon River | Arod | Aroer | Aroerite | Arom | Aroma | Arpad | Arphaxad


In Bible versions:

a town by the Wadi Arnon on the border of Reuben and Gad
a town in the desert of Judah

heath; tamarisk
NETBible Maps: Map11 C1 ; Map12 G2 ; Map8 B3 ; OT4 C7 ; OT5 C7
Google Maps: Aroer (1) (31° 28´, 35° 49´); Aroer (2) (31° 57´, 35° 54´); Aroer (3) (31° 8´, 34° 59´)


Strongs #06177: rewre `Arow`er or rere `Aro`er or rwere `Ar`owr

Aroer = "ruins"

1) a city on the north bank of the river Arnon, the southern point of
the territory of Sihon the king of the Amorites and later of Reuben;
modern 'Arair'
2) a city in Ammon near the Jabbok belonging to Gad
3) a town in southern Judah

6177 `Arow`er ar-o-ayr'

or `Aro`er {ar-o-ayr'}; or `Ar`owr {ar-ore'}; the same as
6176; nudity of situation; Aroer, the name of three places in
or near Palestine:-Aroer.
see HEBREW for 06176

Aroer [EBD]

ruins. (1.) A town on the north bank of the Arnon (Deut. 4:48; Judg. 11:26; 2 Kings 10:33), the southern boundary of the kingdom of Sihon (Josh. 12:2). It is now called Arair, 13 miles west of the Dead Sea.

(2.) One of the towns built by the tribe of Gad (Num. 32:34) "before Rabbah" (Josh. 13:25), the Ammonite capital. It was famous in the history of Jephthah (Judg. 11:33) and of David (2 Sam. 24:5). (Comp. Isa. 17:2; 2 Kings 15:29.)

(3.) A city in the south of Judah, 12 miles south-east of Beersheba, to which David sent presents after recovering the spoil from the Amalekites at Ziklag (1 Sam. 30:26, 28). It was the native city of two of David's warriors (1 Chr. 11:44). It is now called Ar'arah.

Aroer [NAVE]

1. A city of the Amorites in the valley of the river Arnon, Deut. 4:48.
Conquered by Israelites, Deut. 2:36; 3:12; Judg. 11:26.
Taken by Hazael, 2 Kin. 10:33.
2. A city built, or, probably more correctly, rebuilt, by the Gadites, Num. 32:34; Josh. 13:25.
Jephthah kills the Ammonites at, Judg. 11:33.
3. A city in Judah, 1 Sam. 30:28.
Birthplace of two of David's heroes, 1 Chr. 11:44.


  1. A city on the torrent Arnon, the southern point of the territory of Sihon king of the Amorites and afterwards of the tribe of Reuben, (2:36; 3:12; 4:48; Joshua 12:2; 13:9,16; Judges 11:26; 2 Kings 10:33; 1 Chronicles 5:8) but later again in possession of Moab. (Jeremiah 48:19) It is the modern Ara?ir , upon the very edge of the precipitous north bank of the Wady Mojeb .
  2. Aroer, "that is ?facing? Rahbah" (Rabbah of Ammon), a town built by and belonging to Gad. (Numbers 32:34; Joshua 13:25; 2 Samuel 24:5) This is probably the place mentioned in (Judges 11:33) which was shown in Jerome?s time.
  3. Aroer, in (Isaiah 17:2) if a place at all, must be still farther north than either of the two already named.
  4. A town in Judah, named only in (1 Samuel 30:28) perhaps Wady Ar?arah , on the road from Petra to Gaza.


AROER - a-ro'-er (`aro'er; Aroer):

(1) A city of the Amorites which stood on the northern edge of the Arnon (Dt 2:36, etc.). Taken by Israel, it shared the vicissitudes of the country north of the river, and when last named (Jer 48:19) is again in the hands of Moab. It is one of the cities which Mesha claims to have built, i.e. fortified. It was within the territory allotted to Reuben, yet its building (fortification) is attributed to Gad (Nu 32:34). Thus far came the Syrian, Hazael, in his raid upon Israel (2 Ki 10:33). The Roman road across the valley lay about an hour to the West of Khirbet `Ara`ir.

(2) A city in Gilead described as "before Rabbah," on the boundary between Gad and the Ammonites (Josh 13:25). No name resembling this has yet been recovered in the district indicated.

(3) A city in the territory of Judah named only in 1 Sam 30:28. Probably however in Josh 15:22 we should read `ar`arah instead of `adh`adhah, which may be the same city, and may be identical with `Ar`ara, a site with cisterns and some remains of ancient buildings about 14 miles Southeast of Beersheba.

W. Ewing

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