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Hazezon Tamar

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("pruning of palms".) The old name of Engedi, famed for palms. (See ENGEDI.) Perhaps this was "the city of palm trees" (Judges 1:16) (though Jericho is generally called so: Deuteronomy 34:3), from which the Kenites, the tribe of Moses' father-in-law, went into the wilderness of Judah with the children of Judah. Thus, Balaam standing on a height opposite Jericho, and seeing the western shore of the Dead Sea to Engedi, appropriately speaks of the Kenite as having fixed his "nest" in the cliff there (Numbers 24:21).

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

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