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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Heber

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or EBER, the father of Peleg, and the son of Salah, who was the grandson of Shem, one of Noah's sons, was born A.M. 1723; B.C. 2281. From him some have supposed that Abraham and his descendants derived the appellation of Hebrews. But others have suggested, with greater probability, that Abraham and his family were thus called, because they came from the other side of the Euphrates into Canaan; Heber signifying in the Hebrew language one that passes, or, a passage, that is, of the river Euphrates. According to this opinion, Hebrew signifies much the same as foreigner among us, or one that comes from beyond sea. Such were Abraham and his family among the Canaanites; and his posterity, learning and using the language of the country, still retained the appellation originally given them, even when they became possessors and settled inhabitants.

2. HEBER the Kenite, of Jethro's family, husband to Jael, who killed Sisera, Judges 4:17 , &c.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Heber'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/h/heber.html. 1831-2.

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