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Monday, 29 June 2009
AIF & MEF & EEF, Glossary of Sinai, Palestine and Syrian Terms
Topic: AIF & MEF & EEF

AIF & MEF & EEF

Glossary of Sinai, Palestine and Syrian Terms

 

The following is a glossary of common place names in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria.

Sinai, Palestine and Syria    
 
Abu  -  Father of
Ain [pl Ayun]  -  Spring
Ali Muntar   -  The watch tower
Ard  -  Ground
Bahr  -  Sea
Bar  -  Land
Benat   -  Daughter of
Bethlehem   -  House of bread
Bir [pl Biar or Biyar]  -  Well
Bir el Saba [Beersheba]   -  Well of the oath
Bir Eyub   -  Well of Job
Birket  -  Pool
Boghez  -  Strait or narrow pass
Cana   -  Zeal
Canaan   -  Sunken or low land
Capernaum [Heb. Kefar Nahum]   -  Village of Nahum.
Carmel   -  The garden or park
Damascus [Dimishq, Esh Sham]   -  The land of the left hand; the north west country, or Syria
Dar or Dair  -  House
Darb  -  Road
Egeidet  -  Sand hill
Egiret [or Ujerat]  -  Knoll or small hill
El  -  The
El Lajjun   -  The legion
Et Tire   -  The fortress
Gabr  -  Grave
Galilee   -  The ring
Garf  -  Cliff
Gaza   -  Fortress
Gebal  -  Hill or rocky place
Geziret  -  Island
Gisr [or Jisr]  -  Bridge
Goz [pl Gowuz]  -  High sand hill
Har Megeddon   -  The mountain of Megiddo
Harab  -  Rock cut water cistern
Hebron   -  Town of the friend of God
Hejaz   -  Barrier
Hod  -  Depression with palm trees and water
Ibn  -  Son of
Jaffa   -  The beautiful
Jericho   -  The city of palm trees.
Jerusalem   -  City of peace
Jisr Benat Yakub   -  Bridge of the daughters of Jacob
Jordan   -  Swiftly descending
Kalaat  -  Castle
Katib [pl Kataiib]  -  Sand dunes
Kebir  -  Great
Khabra  -  Flooded area
Khirbit  -  Ruin
Mafrak  -  Road fork
Mashash  -  Wells
Mellahat  -  Salt Lake or Flat
Moin [or Moya]  -  Water
Mutla  -  Rising ground
Nablus [Shechem]   -  Corruption of Neapolis, the name given by Vespasian
Nazareth   -  Sanctified
Negb [pl Engeib]  -  Mountain pass
Palestine   -  Philistina
Ras  -  Head, cape, summit
Resm  -  Traces of ruins
Rijm  -  Stone heap
Rodh  -  Small valley
Sabakha, sabkha, sabika  -  Salt lake or marsh
Sana  -  Rain water pit
Sariri, soghaiyira  -  Small
Seil  -  Torrent
Sharon   -  smooth
Sion [Zion]   -  Fortress
Tala  -  Rising ground
Tel  -  Earth mound
Themilst [pl themail, thmyl]  -  Water hole in a wadi bed
Um  -  Mother of
Wadi  -  Valley
Wadi el Arish   -  River of Egypt
Wadi el Sheria   -  the valley of the watering place.
     

 

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Citation: AIF & MEF & EEF, Glossary of Sinai, Palestine and Syrian Terms

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Updated: Thursday, 9 July 2009 9:30 PM EADT

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