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a region in ancient Palestine, E of the Jordan River.
Historical Examples

I determined to use cedar for the keel and sides of my vessel, and oak from Bashan, in Juda, for the masts and yards.
The Adventures of Captain Mago Lon Cahun

They occupied the eastern table-land, south of Bashan and Gilead.
The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut

We plunged again into thick green woods,—the oaks of Bashan,—with merry birds carolling all p. 67around.
Byeways in Palestine James Finn

And of Dan he said, ‘Dan is a lion’s whelp; he shall leap from Bashan.’
Notes on the Book of Deuteronomy, Volume II Charles Henry Mackintosh

The king of Bashan, his sons, and his army were cut to pieces.
The Expositor’s Bible:The Book of Numbers Robert A. Watson

The bulls of Bashan may roar, yet my feet are shod with safety.
The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker

And the Campbellites think they done it when they got their new pastor, with a voice like a Bull o’ Bashan comin’ down hill.
The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.) Various

The shipboards, the masts and the oars from the oaks of Bashan are mentioned.
The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein

Here was also deposited the huge iron bedstead of Og, king of Bashan.
Byeways in Palestine James Finn

To lose the thread, because, ye see, he bellered like all Bashan.
The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IX., March, 1862., No. LIII. Various

(Old Testament) a region to the east of the Jordan, renowned for its rich pasture (Deuteronomy 32:14)

light soil, first mentioned in Gen. 14:5, where it is said that Chedorlaomer and his confederates “smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth,” where Og the king of Bashan had his residence. At the time of Israel’s entrance into the Promised Land, Og came out against them, but was utterly routed (Num. 21:33-35; Deut. 3:1-7). This country extended from Gilead in the south to Hermon in the north, and from the Jordan on the west to Salcah on the east. Along with the half of Gilead it was given to the half-tribe of Manasseh (Josh. 13:29-31). Golan, one of its cities, became a “city of refuge” (Josh. 21:27). Argob, in Bashan, was one of Solomon’s commissariat districts (1 Kings 4:13). The cities of Bashan were taken by Hazael (2 Kings 10:33), but were soon after reconquered by Jehoash (2 Kings 13:25), who overcame the Syrians in three battles, according to the word of Elisha (19). From this time Bashan almost disappears from history, although we read of the wild cattle of its rich pastures (Ezek. 39:18; Ps. 22:12), the oaks of its forests (Isa. 2:13; Ezek. 27:6; Zech. 11:2), and the beauty of its extensive plains (Amos 4:1; Jer. 50:19). Soon after the conquest, the name “Gilead” was given to the whole country beyond Jordan. After the Exile, Bashan was divided into four districts, (1.) Gaulonitis, or Jaulan, the most western; (2.) Auranitis, the Hauran (Ezek. 47:16); (3.) Argob or Trachonitis, now the Lejah; and (4.) Batanaea, now Ard-el-Bathanyeh, on the east of the Lejah, with many deserted towns almost as perfect as when they were inhabited. (See HAURAN.)


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