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HEBREW: 8165 ryes Se`iyr
NAVE: Seir
EBD: Seir
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In Bible versions:

a mountain and adjoining land
a man from the highlands of Seir (OS); father-in-law of Esau

hairy; goat; demon; tempest ( --> same as Seirath)
Google Maps: Seir (30° 44´, 35° 36´)


Strongs #08165: ryes Se`iyr

Seir = "hairy" or "shaggy"

n pr m
1) patriarch of the Horites, the inhabitants of Edom before the
descendants of Esau, the Edomites

n pr terr
2) the land of Edom, south of the Dead Sea
n pr mont
3) a mountain range in Edom extending from the Dead Sea to the
Elanitic Gulf
3a) apparently also called 'Mount Seir' and extending most of the
distance of the mountain range itself
4) a mountain in northern Judah lying westward from Kirjath-jearim

8165 Se`iyr say-eer'

formed like 8163; rough; Seir, a mountain of Idumaea and its
aboriginal occupants, also one in Palestine:-Seir.
see HEBREW for 08163

Seir [EBD]

rough; hairy. (1.) A Horite; one of the "dukes" of Edom (Gen. 36:20-30).

(2.) The name of a mountainous region occupied by the Edomites, extending along the eastern side of the Arabah from the south-eastern extremity of the Dead Sea to near the Akabah, or the eastern branch of the Red Sea. It was originally occupied by the Horites (Gen. 14:6), who were afterwards driven out by the Edomites (Gen. 32:3; 33:14, 16). It was allotted to the descendants of Esau (Deut. 2:4, 22; Josh. 24:4; 2 Chr. 20:10; Isa. 21:11; Exek. 25:8).

(3.) A mountain range (not the Edomite range, Gen. 32:3) lying between the Wady Aly and the Wady Ghurab (Josh. 15:10).

Seir [NAVE]

1. A range of hills trending southwest from the Dead Sea, Deut. 1:2.
Along the route from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea, Deut. 1:1, 2.
Children of Israel journey by, Deut. 1:2; 2:1; 33:2.
Originally inhabited by Horites, Gen. 14:6; 36:20-30; Deut. 2:12; and later by the children of Esau after they destroyed the Horites, Deut. 2:12, 22, with Gen. 32:3; 33:14, 16; 36:8, 9; Num. 24:18; Deut. 2:4, 5.
The southern boundary of the conquests of Joshua, Josh. 11:15-18.
2. A Horite chief, Gen. 36:20, 21; 1 Chr. 1:38.


(hairy, Shaggy),
  1. We have both "land of Seir," (Genesis 32:3; 36:50) and "Mount Seir." (Genesis 14:6) It is the original name of the mountain range extending along the east side of the valley of Arabah, from the Dead Sea to the Elanitic, Golf. The Horites appear to have been the chief of the aboriginal inhabitants, (Genesis 36:20) but it was ever afterward the possession of the Edomites, the descendants of Esau. The Mount Seir of the: Bible extended much farther south than the modern province, as is shown by the words of (2:1-8) It had the Arabah on the west, vs. 1 and 8; it extended as far south as the head of the Gulf of Akabah, ver. 8; its eastern border ran along the base of the mountain range where the plateau of Arabia begins. Its northern, order is not so accurately determined. There is a line of "naked" white hills or cliffs which run across the great valley about eight miles south of the Dead Sea, the highest eminence being Mount Hor, which is 4800 feet high.
  2. Mount Seir, an entirely different place from the foregoing; one of the landmarks on the north boundary of the territory of Judah. (Joshua 15:10) only. It lay westward of Kirjath-jearim, and between it and Beth-shemesh. If Kuriel el-Enab be the former and Ain-shems the latter of these two, then Mount Seir cannot fail to be the ridge which lies between the Wady Aly and the Wady Ghurab . In a pass of this ridge is the modern village of Seir.


SEIR - se'-ir:

(1) (har se'-ir, "Mt. Seir" (Gen 14:6, etc.), 'erets se`-ir (Gen 32:3, etc.); to oros Seeir, ge Seeir): In Gen 32:3 "the land of Seir" is equated with "the field of Edom." The Mount and the Land of Seir are alternative appellations of the mountainous tract which runs along the eastern side of the Arabah, occupied by the descendants of Esau, who succeeded the ancient Horites (Gen 14:6; 36:20), "cave-dwellers," in possession. For a description of the land see EDOM.

(2) (har se`ir; Codex Vaticanus Assar; Codex Alexandrinus Seeir): A landmark on the boundary of Judah (Josh 15:10), not far from Kiriath-jearim and Chesalon. The name means "shaggy," and probably here denoted a wooded height. It may be that part of the range which runs Northeast from Saris by Karyat el-`Anab and Biddu to the plateau of el-Jib. Traces of an ancient forest are still to be seen here.

W. Ewing

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