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Map of Edom.

Dinhabah was an Edomite city mentioned in Genesis 36, the capital of King Bela ben Beor. The Hebrew name דִּנְהָבָה may mean "robbers' den".[1][2] Dinhabah may have been located on the site of modern Dibdiba, a little northeast of Petra.[3][4]

The name is not uncommon among the Shemitic races. Ptolemy[5] mentions a Danaba (Δανάβα) near Palmyra Syria which was latter a bishop's see, and according to Zosimus[6] there was a Danabe (Δανάβη) in Babylonia.


  1. ^ דִּנְהָבָה at bible lexicon.
  2. ^ The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ Smith's list in Robinson's Researches, 3, App. page 114.
  4. ^ Henry George Tomkins "Dinhabah." Palestine Exploration Quarterly Volume 23, Issue 4 (1 October 1891), pp. 322-323.
  5. ^ Ptolemy 5:15, 24.
  6. ^ Zosimus (3:27)