Arabia (Uh-ray´bee-uh)

A vast, largely desert peninsula between Iraq and the Persian Gulf on the east, the Indian Ocean on the south, and the Red Sea on the west. For the biblical writers, the name seems to have connoted all the general desert area to the east, including Sinai. Thus, Paul’s sojourn in Arabia (Gal 1:17) was probably in some small settlement east of Damascus, and the Arabians who were present at Pentecost (Acts 2:11) may have come from no farther than the eastern Transjordan. “Geshem the Arab” (Neh 2:19; Neh 6:1) is of uncertain provenance. Refugees from Assyrian invasions in the eighth century BCE and Babylonian in the sixth century fled to northwestern Arabia (Isa 21:13-15).

Gal 1:17

17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

Acts 2:11

11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power.”

Neh 2:19

19But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they mocked and ridiculed us, saying, “What is this that yo ... View more

Neh 6:1

Intrigues of Enemies Foiled
1Now when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall an ... View more

Isa 21:13-15

13The oracle concerning the desert plain.

In the scrub of the desert plain you will lodge,
O caravans of Dedanites.14Bring water to the thirsty,
meet the fugit ... View more

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