Thanks so much for this information! It hadn't dawned on me yet that this could possibly be from a Biblical place name.
I can't on short notice find a further etymology for Ituraea, but that's not surprising as the original meaning of many ancient place names simply isn't known. So probably the only etymology we will have for Itura and Ituraea is "ancient country on the northern border of Palestine". http://www.bartleby.com/65/it/Ituraea.html
P.S. The change from Iturea to Itura wouldn't have been uncommon in the dialect of the time. Lydia
often became "Lyda
" during the 19th century in the USA, for example.
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