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Atharim

ATHARIM (ăth'ar-ĭm). The reading of RSV, ASV (“the way of Atharim”), and NIV (“the road to Atharim”) in Num.21.1 which, following the LXX, regards Atharim as a place. Here the king of Arad attacked the Israelites and took some of them captive. The site is unknown. KJV reads “the way of the spies,” following other ancient versions.


ATHARIM ăth’ ər ĭm (אֲתָרִ֑ים; KJV SPIES). The rendering of RSV and ASV, “the way of Atharim” (Num 21:1) follows the LXX and regards Atharim as a place. Here the Israelites, under Moses, were attacked by the king of Arad, and some were taken captive. The site is unknown.

The KJV renders it as “the way of the spies,” following the renderings of the Peshitto (LXX), Targ., and Vul.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

the Revised Version (British and American) "The way of Atharim"; the King James Version "The way of the spies." the Revised Version (British and American) regards Atharim as a place (so Septuagint). the King James Version follows Syriac and Targum, rendering Atharim as if Tarim = spies. Dillmann translates "the caravan path," connecting it with Arabic athar, "a track or footprint." Here the king of Arad fought against Israel, taking some captives (Nu 21:1).all official records and legal documents of the time of Charles II of England from the death of Charles I. See Hormah.