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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Marah
Marah (מָרָה‎, marah). A spring of bitter water located at the sixth camp (or the first after the Red Sea passing) of the Israelites during their wilderness journey (Exod 15:23; Num 33:8–9).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Marah (Place)
MARAH (PLACE) [Heb mārâ (מָרָה)]. After crossing the Red Sea and singing triumphantly over the demise of the Egyptians (Exod 15:1–21), Moses led the people into the Wilderness of Shur. They went three days without finding water and when they came to Marah (v 23), they found water but it was “bitter”;
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Marah
Marah. Spring of water in the wilderness of Etham, the first camping place of the Israelites after crossing the Reed Sea (Ex 15:23; Nm 33:8, 9). The accepted identification is with ‛Ain Hawarah, a pool of bitter water on the eastern coastal plain of the Gulf of Suez, about 44 miles southeast of Suez,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Marah
Marah marʹə, marʹa, māʹrə [Heb. mārâ, ‘bitter’]. The first stopping-place of the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea (Ex. 15:23). It was reached by a three-day journey into the Wilderness of Shur (v 22; “the Wilderness of Etham,” Nu. 33:8). The Israelites, thirsty from the journey, complained
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Marah
MARAH Spring of water in the wilderness of Etham, the first camping place of the Israelites after crossing the Red Sea (Ex 15:23; Nm 33:8–9). The accepted identification is with ‘Ain Hawarah, a pool of bitter water on the eastern coastal plain of the Gulf of Suez, about 44 miles (70.8 kilometers) southeast
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Marah
Marah (mair´uh; Heb., “bitterness”), the unpalatably bitter pools of water (whence the name) reached by the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea and entered the Wilderness of Shur (Exod. 15:22; the Wilderness of Etham, Num. 33:8). Thirsty and angry, the Israelites slandered Moses, who was then directed
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Marah
MARAH. An oasis pool of bitter water in the wilderness of Shur which the Israelites reached in three days after their crossing of the Red Sea (Ex 15:23; Num 33:8–9). When the people murmured against Moses, he cast a tree into the waters and the waters were miraculously, although temporarily, sweetened.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Marah
MARAH (Heb. mārâ, ‘bitter’). This was the first named camp of the Israelites after the Red Sea crossing, called Marah because only bitter water was found there (Ex. 15:23; Nu. 33:8–9), and perhaps also by comparison with the sweet water of the Nile Valley to which they had been accustomed. On the likely
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Marah
Marah (Heb. mārâ)An Israelite encampment in the wilderness of Shur three days after they crossed the Red Sea (Exod. 15:23; Num. 33:8, wilderness of Etham). Here the water was “bitter” (Heb. mārâ) or brackish, but the Lord instructed Moses to cast a tree into the water, making it sweet. Sanh. 56b
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Marah
Marah [mârˊə] (Heb. mārâ˒ “bitterness”). A spring, the first source of water found by the Israelites after the Red Sea crossing, three days’ journey in the wilderness of Shur (Exod. 15:23; Num. 33:8, “wilderness of Etham”). The water proved to be “bitter,” but God showed Moses how to make it sweet
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Marah
MARAH One of the stations on the route of the Exodus, in the desert of Shur, where the Israelites found bitter water (Exod. 15:23, Num. 33:8–9; Authorized Version: ‘wilderness of Etham’). It is generally identified by those who maintain that the Exodus took a southernly course with the oasis of Ain Hauwarah,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Marah
MARAH (Hebrew, “bitter”) The first camp of the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea (Num 33:8). They journeyed for three days without finding water, and when they arrived at the site they found water, but it was bitter to the point of being undrinkable (Exod 15:22–26). A wordplay is thus made in
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