Inhabitants of Transjordan before the arrival of the Israelites (Deut. 2:11). The name is also applied to the ‘giants’ (NRSV) from Philistia (2 Sam. 21:16; 18, 20, REB), and to giants who exist as ‘shades’ (Isa. 26:14) in the underworld but with their earthly status intact (Isa. 14:9).

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  • REPHAIM — (Heb. רְפָאִים). The Rephaim are known from biblical, Ugaritic, and Phoenician sources. In the Bible two uses of the term are discernible. The first is as a gentilic (e.g., Gen. 14:5; 15:20; Deut. 2:11) referring to a people distinguished by… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Rephaim — (Rephaiten), alte Riesenvölker jen u. diesseit des Jordanlandes, bes. die zur Zeit Abrahams im Ostjordanlande bei Astaroth Karnaim neben den Samsumim u. Emim hausenden Stämme, von denen noch zu Mosis Zeit ein Rest in Basan als Reich des Og… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Rephaim — Nephilim Pour les articles homonymes, voir Nephilim (homonymie). Mot hébreu qui signifie “ceux qui font tomber les autres”, souvent traduit par géants dans la Bible mais parfois rendu tel quel. C est la forme plurielle du mot hébreu nāphîl.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rephaim —    Lofty men; giants, (Gen. 14:5; 2 Sam. 21:16, 18, marg. A.V., Rapha, marg. R.V., Raphah; Deut. 3:13, R.V.; A.V., giants ). The aborigines of Palestine, afterwards conquered and dispossessed by the Canaanite tribes, are classed under this… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • rephaim — repha·im …   English syllables

  • rephaim — ˈrefēə̇m, rə̇ˈfāə̇m noun plural Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Hebrew rĕphā īm : ancient giants reported in the Old Testament to have flourished in Canaan and its vicinity prior to the Hebrews …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rephaim, Valley of —    (Josh. 15:8; 18:16, R.V.). When David became king over all Israel, the Philistines, judging that he would now become their uncompromising enemy, made a sudden attack upon Hebron, compelling David to retire from it. He sought refuge in the hold …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Valley of Rephaim — This article incorporates text from Easton s Bible Dictionary (1897), a publication now in the public domain. Valley of Rephaim (Hebrew: עמק רפאים‎, Emeq Rephaim) (Joshua 15:8; Joshua 18:16, R.V.). A valley descending southwest from Jerusalem to… …   Wikipedia

  • Emek Rephaïm — 31°45′47.53″N 35°13′8.84″E / 31.7632028, 35.2191222 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • VALLIS Rephaim — in Iudaea, iuxta Hierosolymam sita erat, versus Occidentem. Eusebio Κοιλὰς Τιτάνων, et hinc Coelas Titanorum Hieronymo, Id enim Iosuae c. 15. v. 8. et c. 18. v. 16. non obscure innuitur. Inde versus Austrum extensa, Bethlehemum usque pertingebat …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

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