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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Jeshimon (Place)
JESHIMON (PLACE) [Heb yĕšı̂môn (יְשִׁימֹון)]. A “desert” or “wasteland”; used in the OT for both desert areas in general (Deut 32:10; Isa 43:19, 20; Psalms 68:7; 78:40; 106:14; 107:4) and specific locations (Num 21:20; 23:28; 1 Sam 23:19, 24; 26:1, 3).1. The rugged barren band of land parallel to
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Desert
Desert. Empty waste place, often arid, sandy, and incapable of sustaining vegetable life, as for example the Negeb of southern Palestine. A desert frequently includes local areas where marginal life is possible. The most common Hebrew term for desert means “wilderness,” and is perhaps related to a verb
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Desert
Desert [Heb. miḏbār, arāḇâ, yešîmôn, ṣîyâ, ḥorbâ; Gk. erēmía, érēmos]; AV also WILDERNESS (esp for miḏbār), DRY PLACES (Ps. 105:41); NEB also DRY LAND, BARREN HEATH, PARCHED LAND, BARREN DESERT, “solitary places,” “lonely place”; AV translates yešîmôn as place name Jeshimon
Jeshimon (desert)
1. In the AV of Nu. 21:20; 23:28, and the NEB of 23:28, the desert N of the Dead Sea and E of the Jordan River. Pisgah overlooked this area, a bare and sterile land, saturated with salt and very little vegetation. In the RSV, and the NEB of 21:20, the word is translated “the desert.”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Desert
DESERT Empty waste place, often arid, sandy, and incapable of sustaining vegetable life, as for example the Negev of southern Palestine. A desert frequently includes local areas where marginal life is possible. The most common Hebrew term for desert means “wilderness” and is perhaps related to a verb
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Desert
desert, an area inhospitable to human habitation. In the Middle East, “absolute desert,” i.e., a region where rain almost never falls, is found only in the Sahara, the peninsula of Arabia, and Iran. The deserts of Israel, Syria, Transjordan, and Sinai are all “tame deserts,” with a little rain every
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Desert
A typical scene in the Wilderness of Judea. HFVDESERT. Various Heb. words are translated “desert” or “wilderness” in the KJV of the OT. Midbār, the most common, is found approximately 280 times. It is usually translated “wilderness” (q.v.) but 12 times is rendered “desert.” The word derives from
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Desert
DesertArid environment hostile to life. In the Bible, desert functions thematically as a place of revelation and a training ground for faith and obedience, in preparation for mission.Desert is an arid region (mean annual precipitation of 25 cm. [10 in.] or less), with sparse vegetation, few animals,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Desert
Desert. †A barren or partially barren geographical area, usually produced by low rainfall (e.g., the Sinai desert); also a symbol of aridity and desolation.The most common Hebrew word for “desert” is miḏbār (cf. Aram. dbr “bring the flock to the pasture”), indicating a barren area resembling
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Desert
DESERT Today, scientists define a desert as a place of arid conditions with annual rainfall of less than 10 inches (25 centimeters). Generally, vegetation, animal life, and water are scarce. The deserts in the Bible are all part of the vast Saharo-Arabian desert chain. The Sinai desert is described aptly
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Desert
Desert. Not a stretch of sand, an utterly barren waste, but a wild, uninhabited region. The words rendered in the Authorized Version by “desert,” when used in the historical books denote definite localities.1. Arabah. This word means that very depressed and enclosed region—the deepest and the hottest
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Desert
DESERT. A term scarcely distinguished in ordinary language from wilderness, and in the English Bible the terms are used indiscriminately. In one place we find a Heb. term treated as a proper name and in another translated as a common name.1. Midbār, “pasture”; Ex. 3:1; 5:1; etc. (KJV), usually rendered
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Desert
Desert(1.) Heb. midbar, “pasture-ground;” an open tract for pasturage; a common (Joel 2:22). The “backside of the desert” (Ex. 3:1) is the west of the desert, the region behind a man, as the east is the region in front. The same Hebrew word is rendered “wilderness,” and is used of the country lying
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