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Avvim; Avites

AVVIM; AVITES

av'-im a'-vits `awwim; Heuaioi, also unaspirated; (also used to represent the name of the Hivites):

The early inhabitants of the southern extremity of Canaan afterward occupied by the Philistines (Deuteronomy 2:23; compare Jos 13:3,4, the King James Version "Avim," a'-vim).

The Avvim of Joshua 18:23 was a town of Benjamin, not a people. Gesenius supposes the name to mean "dwellers in the desert," but it was more probably the name of some pre-Sem tribe. The Avvim are described as living in Chatserim or "encampments" and extending as far as the outskirts of Gaza.


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