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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Gatanm'גִּעְתָּם, according to Gesenius from the Arab. puny; according to Fü rst from גִּיאּעֲתָם, a burnt valley; Sept. Γοθώμ and Γοθάμ v.r. Γοωθάμ ; Vulg. Gotham and Gothan), the fourth named of the sons of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, and founder of a corresponding Edomitish tribe (Genesis 36:11; Genesis 36:16; 1 Chronicles 1:36). B.C. post 1927. Knobel (Genesis ad loc.) compares Jodam, an Arab tribe inhabiting the Hisma, a part of Matthew Sherah, the ע having dropped from the name (Gesenius, Thes. page 976); while Rodiger (ib. Append. page 80) refers to the Arab tribe Jethamah, mentioned by Ibn-Duraid (1854, page 300). (See IDUMEA).

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

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