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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Heber

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hē´bẽr ( חבר , ḥebher , "associate" or, possibly, "enchanter"; Ἔβερ , Éber ): A name occurring several times in the Old Testament as the name of an individual or of a clan.

(1) A member of the tribe of Asher and son of Beraiah (Genesis 46:17; Numbers 26:45; 1 Chronicles 7:31 f).

(2) A K enite, husband of Jael, who deceptively slew Sisera, captain of the army of Jabin, a Canaanite king (Judges 4:17; Judges 5:24 ). He had separated himself from the main body of the Kenites, which accounts for his tent being near Kedesh, the place of Sisera's disastrous battle (Judges 4:11 ).

(3) Head of a clan of Judah, and son of Mered by his Jewish, as distinguished from an Egyptian wife. He was father, or founder, of Soco (1 Chronicles 4:18 ).

(4) A B enjamite, or clan or family of Elpaal belonging to Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:17 ).

(5) Heber, of our Lord's genealogy (Luke 3:35 the King James Version), better, Eber.

So, the name "Eber," עבר , ‛ēbher , in 1 Chronicles 5:13; 1 Chronicles 8:22 , is not to be confused with Heber, חבר , ḥebher , as in the foregoing passages.

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

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