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cherith


cherith


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cherith 
  a  cutting;  separation;  a  gorge,  a  torrent-bed  or  winter-stream, 
  a  "brook,"  in  whose  banks  the  prophet  Elijah  hid  himself  during 
  the  early  part  of  the  three  years'  drought  (1  Kings  17:3,  5).  It 
  has  by  some  been  identified  as  the  Wady  el-Kelt  behind  Jericho, 
  which  is  formed  by  the  junction  of  many  streams  flowing  from  the 
  mountains  west  of  Jericho.  It  is  dry  in  summer.  Travellers  have 
  described  it  as  one  of  the  wildest  ravines  of  this  wild  region, 
  and  peculiarly  fitted  to  afford  a  secure  asylum  to  the 
  persecuted.  But  if  the  prophet's  interview  with  Ahab  was  in 
  Samaria,  and  he  thence  journeyed  toward  the  east,  it  is  probable 
  that  he  crossed  Jordan  and  found  refuge  in  some  of  the  ravines 
  of  Gilead.  The  brook"  is  said  to  have  been  "before  Jordan," 
  which  probably  means  that  it  opened  toward  that  river,  into 
  which  it  flowed.  This  description  would  apply  to  the  east  as 
  well  as  to  the  west  of  Jordan.  Thus  Elijah's  hiding-place  may 
  have  been  the  Jermuk  in  the  territory  of  the  half-tribe  of 
  Manasseh. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Cherith,  cutting;  piercing;  slaying