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ANER (ā'nêr, Heb. ‘ānēr)

A brother of Mamre the Amorite, Abraham’s ally in battle (Gen.14.13, Gen.14.24).A Levitical city in Manasseh (1Chr.6.70).

ANER ā’ nər (עָנֵ֔ר). 1. One of three Amorite brothers, including Mamre and Eschol, allies of Abraham in his pursuit after the four kings who had taken Lot captive (Gen 14:13, 24). Since Mamre is also an old name for Hebron (Gen 23:19), and Eshcol is the name of a valley near Hebron (Num 13:23), it is likely that Aner was also the name of a locality.

2. A city of refuge in Manasseh (1 Chron 6:70); site unknown.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

One of the three "confederates" of Abraham in his pursuit after the four kings (Ge 14:13,14). Judging from the meanings of the two other names, Mamre being the name of the sacred grove or tree (Jahwist) and synonymous with Hebron (Priestly Code); and Eschol--a name of a valley (lit. "grape cluster") from which the personal names are derived--it may be expected to explain the name Aner in a similar way. Dillmann suggested the name of a range of mountains in that vicinity (Comm. at the place and Rosen in ZDMG, XII, 479; Skinner, Genesis, 365).

A Levitical town in Manasseh, West of the Jordan (1Ch 6:70). Gesenius and others identified it with Taanach of Jos 21:25. There is, however, no agreement as to its location.

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