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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Aner (1)

ā´nēr ( ענר , ‛ānēr ; Septuagint Αὐνάν , Aunán ; Samaritan Pentateuch, ענרם , ‛anrām , "sprout," "waterfall"): One of the three "confederates" of Abraham in his pursuit after the four kings (Genesis 14:13 , Genesis 14:14 ). Judging from the meanings of the two other names, Mamre being the name of the sacred grove or tree (Jahwist) and synonymous with Hebron (Priestly Code); and Eschol - a name of a valley (lit. "grape cluster") from which the personal names are derived - it may be expected to explain the name Aner in a similar way. Dillmann suggested the name of a range of mountains in that vicinity ( Comm . at the place and Rosen in ZDMG , XII , 479; Skinner, Genesis, 365).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Aner (1)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/aner-1.html. 1915.

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