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Eshtemoh (Joshua 15:50). Allotted with its suburbs to the priests (Joshua 21:14; 1 Chronicles 6:57; compare 1 Chronicles 4:17). Frequented by David during his wanderings. Accordingly, to his friends there he sent presents of the Amalekite spoil (1 Samuel 30:28; 1 Samuel 30:31). Now Semu'a, seven miles S. of Hebron. Eshtemoa was son of Ishbah; Mered was husband of Jehudijah (the Jewess), by whose descendants, Gedor, Socho, and Zanoah, near Eshtemoa, were founded. The town Eshtemoa was founded by the descendants of Bithiah, Pharaoh's daughter, the Egyptian wife of Mered. (See BITHIAH.) A large stone (Hajr-el-Sakhain) stands on the N. road to the village Semu'a at a distance of 3,000 cubits, the Levitical extent of suburbs and the boundary of the village possessions to this day (Palestine Exploration). How the Holy Land confirms the Holy Book!

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

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