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East wind
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The violent wind blowing from the east, mentioned more frequently in the Bible than other winds. The east wind is described as being scorching (Gen 41:6, 23, 27), probably because it comes into Palestine from the burning desert. It damages crops (Ezek 17:9–10; Jonah 4:8), brings in locusts (Exod 10:13), and dries up springs (Hos 13:15). The east wind is most likely the one responsible for the deaths of Job’s children (Job 1:19). During the exodus, God uses the east wind to part the Red Sea (Exod 14:21).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
East Wind
East Wind (קָדִים‎, qadim). The violent wind blowing from the east, mentioned more frequently in the Bible than other winds. The east wind is described as being scorching (Gen 41:6, 23, 27), probably because it comes into Palestine from the burning desert. It damages crops (Ezek 17:9–10; Jonah 4:8), brings
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
East Wind
East Wind. Wind coming mostly in May, September, and October. This scorching wind, also called a sirocco, destroyed vegetation (Gn 41:6; Ez 17:10; Jn 4:8), withered flowers (Ps 103:16), and dried up fountains and springs (Hos 13:15). With an east wind the Lord drove back the waters of the Red Sea for
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
East Wind
EAST WIND Wind coming mostly in May, September, and October. This scorching wind, also called a sirocco, destroyed vegetation (Gn 41:6; Ez 17:10; Jon 4:8), withered flowers (Ps 103:15–16), and dried up fountains and springs (Hos 13:15). The Lord used an east wind to drive back the waters of the Red Sea
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
East Wind
east wind, a distinctive climactic feature referred to several times in the Bible (Gen. 41:6, 41, 47; Exod. 10:13; 14:21; Job 15:2; 27:21; 38:24; Pss. 48:7; 78:26; Isa. 27:8; Ezek. 17:10; 19:12; 27:26; Hos. 12:1; 13:5; Jon. 4:8). Under normal conditions, the land of Israel is cooled by a westward breeze
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
East Wind
East WindA notable climatic feature of Israel in which powerful winds blow from east to west, negating the normal sea breeze from the Mediterranean. Occurring within a 50-day period in early fall, these winds (Heb. qāḏɩ̂m) are known today as khamsin (from Arab. “50”) or sirocco. They are notable for
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
East Wind
East Wind (Heb. qāḏîm). Another name for the sirocco, a dry, hot, piercing wind (Job 27:21; Isa. 27:8) from the wilderness (Hos. 13:15; cf. Job 1:19) or the desert (Jer. 4:11; Hab. 1:9; so NIV; cf. KJV, JB). The sirocco blows intermittently between April and June and during the latter
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
East wind
East windthe wind coming from the east (Job 27:21; Isa. 27:8, etc.). Blight caused by this wind, “thin ears” (Gen. 41:6); the withered “gourd” (Jonah 4:8). It was the cause and also the emblem of evil (Ezek. 17:10; 19:12; Hos. 13:15). In Palestine this wind blows from a burning desert, and hence is
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
East Wind
east wind. A scorching wind, known as the sirocco, which in Palestine and Egypt blows in from the desert most often in May and October. It withers vegetation (Gen. 41:6; Ezek. 17:10) and dries up fountains and springs (Hos. 13:15). Sometimes it destroys houses (Job 1:19) and ships (Ps. 48:7; Ezek. 27:26).
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EAST WIND
EAST WIND [קָדִיםqadhim]. Torrid seasonal winds (south to southeasterly, around March and November) originating in the hot, sandy desert. These characteristically destructive winds persist in the present day and are known by several names throughout the Mediterranean, including sirocco, jugo, khamsin,
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