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Avith ("ruin"[1]) was an Edomite city. It was the capital of the Edomite king Hadad ben Bedad.[2][3] According to the Bible, Hadad ben Bedad was one of the kings of Edom before there were kings in Israel,[4][5] that is, before the coronation of Saul ("widely" dated around 1025 BCE).[6] Avith is mentioned only twice in the Hebrew Bible: in a list of Edomite kings in Genesis (Genesis 36:35), and in a copy of the same list found in Chronicles (1 Chronicles 1:46). Its location is unknown[7][8] but presumably it was in what is now southern Israel or Jordan.

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  1. ^ Holman Bible Dictionary (1991), "Avith."
  2. ^ International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915), "Avith."
  3. ^ Holman Bible Dictionary (1991), "Avith."
  4. ^ Genesis 36:31
  5. ^ 1 Chronicles 1:43
  6. ^ Finkelstein, Israel (2013). The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel (PDF). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-58983-910-6.
  7. ^ International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915), "Avith."
  8. ^ Holman Bible Dictionary, (1991), "Avith."