Ancient Sources

Places of Ascalon, Gaza, Negev, Sinai

105. Arad, whence the Aradites - (Tell Arad)


Arad civitas Amorraeorum vicina deserto Cades, et usque nunc ostenditur villa ab oppido Malathis quarto lapide, a Chebron vicesimo, in tribu Iudae.
(Jerome 15:1-3)


Eusebius, Onomasticon 14:1-3 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 15:1-3 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Arad (Num 33:40; 34:4 LXX), city of the Amorites near the desert of Kadesh, and to this day there is a village (of this name) at the 4th milestone from the town of Malatha, and the 20th from Hebron. In the tribe of Judah.


Num. 21:1 The capture of Arad-Hormah
When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel and took some of them captive. Then Israel made a vow to the Lord and said, "If you will indeed give this people into our hands, then we will utterly destroy their towns." The Lord listened to the voice of Israel, and handed over the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their towns; so the place was called Hormah.

Num. 33:40 The king of Arad
The Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the Israelites.

Judg. 1:16-17 The settlement of the Kenites amidst Israel
The descendants of Hobab the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad. Then they went and settled with the Amalekites. Judah went with his brother Simeon, and they defeated the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath, and devoted it to destruction. So the city was called Hormah.


Eusebius, Onomasticon 32:2-3 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 33:2-3 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Arad, a town inhabited by the sons of Iobab, father in law of Moses, amidst Israel.

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