Orontes (Or-on´teez)

The principal river of western Syria, which originates on the eastern side of the Lebanon range and flows for two hundred fifty miles north through Syria into southern Turkey, where it turns southwest and enters the Mediterranean below Antioch-on-the-Orontes (modern Antakya). The Orontes Valley is extremely fertile, and together with its strategically important geography this accounts for the number of major cities situated in it. These include Riblah (2Kgs 23:33; 2Kgs 25:6; 2Kgs 25:21); Kadesh-on-the-Orontes, the site of a battle between Egyptians and Hittites in ca. 1286 BCE; Qarqar, where in 853 BCE a coalition of Syrian kings together with Ahab of Israel fought with the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III; Antioch (Acts 11:19; Acts 13:1); and Seleucia, Antioch’s port.

2Kgs 23:33

33Pharaoh Neco confined him at Riblah in the land of Hamath, so that he might not reign in Jerusalem, and imposed tribute on the land of one hundred talents of ... View more

2Kgs 25:6

6Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, who passed sentence on him.

2Kgs 25:21

21The king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile out of its land.

Acts 11:19

The Church in Antioch
19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, ... View more

Acts 13:1

Barnabas and Saul Commissioned
1Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a ... View more

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.