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Racal

RACAL

ra'-kal (rakhal, "trader"):

A place in Judah, enumerated among "the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt," to the elders of which he sent a share of his spoils (1 Samuel 30:29). The Septuagint reading "Carmel" has been adopted, by many, because of the similarity of the words in Hebrew (rakal and karmel) and because there was a Carmel in the neighborhood of Hebron (Joshua 15:55; 1 Samuel 15:12), which figures in the story of David's adventures when pursued by Saul (1 Samuel 25) in a manner that makes it improbable that he would overlook the place in his good fortune (the King James Version "Rachal").

Nathan Isaacs


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'RACAL'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.