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(Joshua 15:7; Joshua 18:17); ("the red pass" or "pass of the red men"). The aboriginal inhabitants; on the border between Benjamin and Judah, on a rising ground; whence the phrase is, "the going up of Adummim." S. of the torrent, and looking toward Gilgal. The road still passes the same way, leading up from Jericho (four miles off) and the Jordan valley to Jerusalem, eight miles distant, S. of the gorge of the wady Kelt. It was believed to be the place where the traveler fell among robbers in the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10). The order of Knights Templar arose out of an association for guarding this road, which has always been infested by robbers; Jerome indeed derives from the Hebrew "bloodshed."

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Adummim'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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