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Hebrew Rehobhoth, literally "wide places" (Gen. xxvi:22).
broad places. (1.) A well in Gerar dug by Isaac (Gen. 26:22), supposed to be in Wady er-Ruheibeh, about 20 miles south of Beersheba. (2.) An ancient city on the Euphrates (Gen. 36:37; 1 Chr. 1:48), "Rehoboth by the river." (3.) Named among the cities of Asshur (Gen. 10:11). Probably, however, the words "rehoboth'ir" are to be translated as in the Vulgate and the margin of A.V., "the streets of the city," or rather "the public square of the city", i.e., of Nineveh.
town, central Namibia. The town is located about 52 miles (84 km) south of Windhoek, the national capital, and lies on the banks of the dry, sandy bed of the Rehoboth River at an elevation of 4,544 feet (1,385 metres). Rehoboth is situated in an arid, sparsely populated region within the Central Highland, the physiography of which is characterized by rugged, stony hills and sand-filled valleys. Several areas around Rehoboth are well suited for the grazing of Karakul sheep and dairy cattle; limited amounts of corn (maize), wheat, and other grains are sometimes grown.
city, central Israel, on the coastal plain south-southwest of Tel Aviv-Yafo, in the centre of the country's most productive citrus belt. The name (Hebrew: "broad places," or "room") is from the biblical allusion in Genesis 26:22. Founded in 1890 by Warsaw Jews, Rehovot soon became economically self-sufficient, owing to its prosperous citrus groves, and absorbed many immigrant agricultural labourers. Under Ottoman rule before World War I, it was the first town to dismiss its Arab guards and to employ ha-Shomer, the Jewish settlement police.