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(Heb. Abiram', אֲבַירָם, father of height, i.e. proud), the name of two men.

1. (Sept. Ἀβειρών, Vulg. Abiron, Josephus Ἀβίραμος, Ant. 4, 2, 2.) One of the sons of Eliab of the family-heads of Reuben, who, with his brother, Dathan, and with On of the same tribe, joined Korah the Levite in a conspiracy against Moses and Aaron, which resulted in their being swallowed up with all their families and possessions (except the children of Korah) by an earthquake (Numbers 16:1-27; Numbers 26:9; Deuteronomy 11:6; Psalms 106:17), B.C. cir. 1620. (See KORAH).

2. (Sept. Ἀβιρών , Vulg. Abiram.) The eldest son of Hiel the Bethelite, who is remarkable as having died prematurely (for such is the evident import of the statement), for the presumption or ignorance of his father, in fulfillment of the doom pronounced upon his posterity who should undertake to rebuild Jericho (1 Kings 16:34), B.C. post 905. (See HIEL).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Abiram'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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