When the Canaanite, the king of Arad who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming by the Atharim road; and he fought against Israel and took some of them captive. Bible

“Atharim road.” The Hebrew reads, “road of atharim” (often translated “way of atharim” where “way” refers to a path or road). The meaning of atharim is debated, but it most likely means “spies.” It was likely a caravan route to and from Egypt.

Commentary for: Numbers 21:1