Kir-haraseth

Kir-haraseth [N]

built fortress, a city and fortress of Moab, the modern Kerak, a small town on the brow of a steep hill about 6 miles from Rabbath-Moab and 10 miles from the Dead Sea; called also Kir-haresh, Kir-hareseth, Kir-heres ( Isaiah 16:7 Isaiah 16:11 ; Jeremiah 48:31 Jeremiah 48:36 ). After the death of Ahab, Mesha, king of Moab (see MOABITE STONE), threw off allegiance to the king of Israel, and fought successfully for the independence of his kingdom. After this Jehoram, king of Israel, in seeking to regain his supremacy over Moab, entered into an alliance with Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and with the king of Edom. The three kings led their armies against Mesha, who was driven back to seek refuge in Kir-haraseth. The Moabites were driven to despair. Mesha then took his eldest son, who would have reigned in his stead, and offered him as a burnt-offering on the wall of the fortress in the sight of the allied armies. "There was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land." The invaders evacuated the land of Moab, and Mesha achieved the independence of his country ( 2 Kings 3:20-27 ).

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Kir-haraseth". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Kir-haraseth [H]

(brick fortress ), ( 2 Kings 3:25 ) Kir-haresh, ( Isaiah 16:11 ) Kir-hares, ( Jeremiah 48:31 Jeremiah 48:36 ) These four names are all applied to one place, probably KIR OF MOAB, which see.


[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Kirharaseth'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.