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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Ashurites

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ash´ur -ı̄ts ( האשׁוּרי , hā -'ăshūrı̄ ): According to the Massoretic Text of 2 Samuel 2:9 , a tribe included in the short-lived kingdom of Ish-bosheth, Saul's son. A slight textual correction gives "Asherites," that is, the tribe of Asher; with this the Targum of Jonathan agrees. The tribe of Asher lay where it would naturally fall to Ish-bosheth's kingdom. The reading "Geshurites" (Vulgate and Syriac) is excluded by the known independence Of Geshur at this time (2 Samuel 3:3; 2 Samuel 13:37 ). For similar reasons we cannot think of Assyria (Hebrew Asshur ) nor of the Arabic Asshurim of Genesis 25:3 .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Ashurites'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/ashurites.html. 1915.

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