Goshen (of Egypt)
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A region in Egypt where the Israelites lived prior to the exodus (Gen 47:27). Goshen has not been definitively identified with any modern archaeological site. The term is unknown in any ancient sources outside of the biblical texts.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
GOSHEN (PLACE) [Heb gošen (גָּשֶׁן)]. Region in the eastern Egyptian Delta where the Hebrews lived during their stay in Egypt. Though some authorities argue otherwise (e.g., North 1967: 83), this is a place distinct from (1) Goshen on the S border of the land said to have been occupied by Joshua (Josh
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Goshen. 1. Geographical region in Egypt occupied by the Israelites during their sojourn in Egypt from the time of Joseph to the exodus. Genesis 46; 47 gives us several pieces of information concerning Goshen. (a) It was a definite part of Egypt. (b) It was the place where Joseph met his father after
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
3. The region in which the Israelites settled during the lifetime of Joseph and in which they still lived at the time of the Exodus (cf. Ex. 8:22 [MT 18]; 9:26). The Israelites particularly desired this region because it was near enough to Joseph that he could look after them during the famine and apparently
Goshen gōʹshən [Heb. gōšen]. Attempts to derive “Goshen” from one or another Egyptian root are probably misdirected. It is most likely of Semitic origin (though the root is uncertain), since it designated a city and a region in southern Judah (see 1 and 2 below), as well as an area in Egypt.
1. Josh. 15:51 mentions a city by this name in a list of eleven cities in the hill country of Judah. It is preceded in the list by Anim and followed by Holon. The mention of Debir in the same context gives the general location. Some believe it is to be identified with modern Ẓâharîyeh, about 19 km
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GOSHEN1. Geographical region in Egypt occupied by the Israelites during their sojourn in Egypt from the time of Joseph to the exodus. Genesis 46–47 gives us several pieces of information concerning Goshen: (a) It was a definite part of Egypt. (b) It was the place where Joseph met his father after their
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Goshen (goh´shuhn).1 The fertile region in the eastern Nile Delta of Egypt (modern Wadi Tumi-lat), where the family of Jacob was allowed to settle (Gen. 47:28–29, 34). Also known as “the land of Rameses” (47:11), this territory was well suited for grazing (47:3–6). Goshen (evidently not called by that
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GOSHEN. 1. The territory assigned to Israel and his descendants during their Egyp. sojourn. Its exact location and extent remain uncertain, but it was certainly in Egypt (Gn. 47:6, 27), and in the E Nile Delta: Gn. 47:6 with 11 clearly equate Goshen with ‘the land of Rameses’, so named from the residence-city
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Goshen (Heb. gōšen)1. The territory within Egypt where the Hebrews settled to be near Joseph (Gen. 45:18) and where they sojourned until the time of the Exodus (Gen. 47:1–6; Exod. 9:26). It was called the “best of the land” (Gen. 45:18; 47:6, 11) and was considered good for grazing (46:32–34; 47:4).
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
GOSHEN a) The name of a place and a region in Judah (Josh. 11:16) in the southern part of the hill country (Josh. 15:51). Tentatively identified with Tell Khaweilifeh, in the southwest of Judea.b) A region in Egypt, rich in pasture, where the Children of Israel settled (Gen. 46:34). ‘the best of the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
GOSHEN A region in the eastern Nile Delta where the Israelites settled under Jacob and Joseph (Gen 46:28; 47:1, 4, 6, 27; 50:8). The move to Egypt had been forced by a famine in Canaan, and the Hebrews settled in “the land of Goshen,” which featured excellent pastures for their flocks (Gen 46:28–34;