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Akrabbim

AKRABBIM (ăk-răb'ĭm, Heb. ‘aqrabbîm, scorpions). A word always found with ma‘ăleh (mā'a-la), meaning “the going up to,” “ascent of,” or “pass.” So “[[Scorpion Pass]]” (niv), rising between the SW corner of the Dead Sea and Zin, was the southern boundary between Judah and Edom (Num.34.4; Josh.15.3) and the boundary of the Amorites (Judg.1.36). It was the scene of Judas Maccabeus’ victory over the Edomites. It is now identified as the pass Es-Sufah.