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Valley

2. Nahal, “receiving.” Today often translated wady. It refers to a valley that is the bed of a brook or river that can be filled quickly by rain. Sudden rains often occur in the climate of Palestine (Gen.26.19; Num.13.23; Josh.12.1). 3. ‘Ēmeq, “a deep place.” This term describes a number of places such as the valleys of Achor (Josh.7.24), Aijalon (Josh.10.12), Gibeon (Isa.28.21), Hebron (Gen.37.14), Jehoshaphat (Joel.3.2), Jezreel (Josh.17.16). 4. Biq‘âh, “a split.” A plain between two hills or mountains and in that sense a valley (Deut.34.3; Josh.11.17). 5. Shephēlâh, “lowland.” It is in reality not a valley but the low-lying hills that stretch from Israel’s coast up to the mountains (Josh.10.40; Jer.32.44 kjv). 6. Greek pharanx, “a ravine” (Luke.3.5). Since Israel in OT times was essentially a mountain dwelling people, their view of the lowlands which surrounded them (and which were largely occupied by their enemies) was naturally colored by this fact. Consequently, the ter