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Nod
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A land east of Eden where Cain settled after he murdered his brother Abel (Gen 4:16). Nod could be symbolic, as the word means “wandering.” However, Genesis may hint that the place should be understood literally, since Genesis could be understood as implying that Cain’s wife came from Nod (Gen 4:17).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Nod
Nod (נוֹד‎, nod). A land east of Eden where Cain settled after he murdered his brother Abel (Gen 4:16). Nod could be symbolic, as the word means “wandering.” However, Genesis may hint that the place should be understood literally, since Genesis could be understood as implying that Cain’s wife came from
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Nod (Place)
NOD (PLACE) [Heb nôd (נֹוד)]. The name of the land where Cain went after he had killed his brother Abel and Yahweh had put a mark on him to prevent him from being killed in revenge (Gen 4:16). This verse locates it “east of Eden.” The land of Nod is not mentioned elsewhere in the Bible. It is unlikely
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Nod
Nod. Land east of Eden to which Cain went after he murdered his brother Abel (Gn 4:16). The location of Nod is undetermined.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Nod
Nod nod [Heb nôḏ; LXX Naid; Syr nwd]. The land “east of Eden” into which Cain went after murdering Abel and being condemned by God (Gen. 4:16).The word nôḏ, the infinitive absolute of the root nwd, means “wandering,” and is probably intended to be symbolic; since Cain had been condemned to be a
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Nod
NOD Land east of Eden to which Cain went after he murdered his brother Abel (Gn 4:16).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nod
Nod, the land of Cain’s self-imposed exile, “east of Eden” (Gen. 4:16), otherwise unknown. The Hebrew etymology suggests a “homeless” or “aimless” place.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Nod
NOD. A land E of, or in front of, Eden (qiḏmaṯ‘ēḏen Gn. 4:16), to which Cain was banished by God after he had murdered Abel. The name (nôḏ)is the same in form as the infinitive of the verb nûḏ (nwd),‘to move to and fro, wander’, the participle of which is used in Gn. 4:14 when Cain bemoans the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nod
Nod (Heb. nôḏ)The land E of Eden where Cain settled after having killed Abel (Gen. 4:16). The name (from Heb. nwd, “to wander”) is probably symbolic, playing on Cain’s punishment.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nod
Nod [nŏd] (Heb. nôḏ “wandering, banishment”). The land east of Eden to which Cain moved (Gen. 4:16). The name is probably symbolic, playing on Cain’s punishment.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Nod
NOD A region east of Eden (see Garden of Eden) where Cain resettled after he murdered Abel and was marked by God (Gen 4:14–16). The name means “wandering,” an allusion to God’s punishment of Cain as “a fugitive and a wanderer (nād) on the earth” (Gen 4:12).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Nod
Nod (flight), the land to which Cain fled after the murder of Abel. [Cain.]
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Nod
NOD (nod; “wandering, exile”). A place, the location of which is dependent upon that of Eden. The inhabitants of Bussorah and of Bushire claim that the land of Nod lay between these two cities on the NE of the Persian Gulf. It was the retreat of Cain after the murder of Abel (Gen. 4:16). See Eden.