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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Beer'E'im', בְּאֵר אֵלִים, well of heroes; Sept. τὸ φρέαρ τοῦ Αἰλείμ ; Vulg. puteus Elim), a spot named in Isaiah 15:8, as on the "border of Moab," apparently the south, Eglaim being at the north end of the Dead Sea. The name points to the well dug by the chiefs of Israel on their approach to the promised land, close by the "border of Moab" (Numbers 21:16; comp. Numbers 21:13), and such is the suggestion of Gesenius (Jesaia. p. 533). (See BEER) simply. Beer-Elim was probably chosen by the prophet out of other places on the boundary on account of the similarity between the sound of the name and that of יְלָלָה the "howling," which was to reach even to that remote point (Ewald, Proph. p. 233).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Beer-Elim'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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