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Aner

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(Heb., Aner', עָנֵר, perhaps a boy), the name of a man and of a place.

1. (Sept. Αὐνάν .) A Canaanitish chief in the neighborhood of Hebron, who, with two others, Eshcol and Mamre, joined his forces with those of Abraham in pursuit of Chedorlaomer and his allies, who had pillaged Sodom and carried Lot away captive (Genesis 14:13; Genesis 14:24), B.C. cir. 2080. These chiefs did not, however, imitate the disinterested conduct of the patriarch, but retained their portion of the spoil. (See ABRAHAM).

2. (Sept. Ε᾿νήρ v. r. Ἀνάρ .) A city of Manasseh, given to the Levites of Kohath's family (1 Chronicles 6:70). Gesenius supposes this to be the same with the TAANACH (See TAANACH) (q.v.) of Judges 1:27, or TANACH (See TANACH) (Joshua 21:25).

Tristram suggests (Bible Places, p. 205) that "this may, perhaps, be recognised in the modern village of Anim, near Taanuk, where are the remains of an ancient site;" meaning, doubtless, the Ann marked on the Ordnance Map as three and a half miles southwest of Taanuk. Lieut. Conder, on the other hand, regards this place as the representation of Anem, and suggests the modern Ellar as the site of Aner (Tent Work, 2, 334). Neither suggestion seems to be called for.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Aner'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/a/aner.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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