Salt, Valley of

Salt, Valley of [S]

a place where it is said David smote the Syrians ( 2 Samuel 8:13 ). This valley (the' Arabah) is between Judah and Edom on the south of the Dead Sea. Hence some interpreters would insert the words, "and he smote Edom," after the words, "Syrians" in the above text. It is conjectured that while David was leading his army against the Ammonites and Syrians, the Edomites invaded the south of Judah, and that David sent Joab or Abishai against them, who drove them back and finally subdued Edom. (Compare title to Psalms 60 .)

Here also Amaziah "slew of Edom ten thousand men" ( 2 Kings 14:7 ; comp 8: : 2022 -22 and 2 Chronicles 25:5-11 ).

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

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Salt, Valley of". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Salt, Valley of, [E]

a valley in which occurred two memorable victories of the Israelite arms:

  1. That of David over the Edomites. ( 2 Samuel 8:13 ; 1 Chronicles 18:12 )
  2. That of Amaziah. ( 2 Kings 14:7 ; 2 Chronicles 25:11 ) It is perhaps the broad open plain which lies at the lower end of the Dead Sea, and intervenes between the lake itself and the range of heights which crosses the valley at six or eight miles to the south. This same view is taken by Dr. Robinson. Others suggest that it is nearer to Petra. What little can be inferred from the narrative as to its situation favors the latter theory.
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Salt, Valley of,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.