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Paran
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The region of wilderness south of Israel and west of Edom (Gen 21:21; Num 10:12; 12:16; 13:26; Deut 1:1; 1 Sam 25:1). Paran and Kadesh are often listed in parallel. For example, in Num 13:26 the Israelite spies return to “Paran, at Kadesh” (ESV). Deuteronomy 1:1 contrasts with Deut 1:2 by alternately using Paran and Kadesh, which suggests that the two names refer to the same location.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Paran
Paran (פָּארָן‎, paran). The region of wilderness south of Israel and west of Edom (Gen 21:21; Num 10:12; 12:16; 13:26; Deut 1:1; 1 Sam 25:1). Paran and Kadesh are often listed in parallel. For example, in Num 13:26 the Israelite spies return to “Paran, at Kadesh” (ESV). Deuteronomy 1:1 contrasts with
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Paran (Place)
PARAN (PLACE) [Heb pāʾrān (פָּארָן)]. The name which designates the wilderness area S of Israel, W of Edom, and N of the wilderness of Sinai (IDB 3: 657). While this location is not given directly, it can be inferred from the several OT references to the wilderness of Paran. In particular, Num 13:3
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Paran
Paran. Desert region in the northeast Sinai Peninsula west of the Arabah (Rift Valley). The settlement of Kadesh-barnea is its northernmost limit. Some scholars identify the great Et-Tih plateau of the central Sinai as a part of this wilderness. It is difficult, however, to fix the southern and western
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Paran
Paran pä-ranʹ [Heb. pāʾrān]. A biblical term used geographically with reference to ill-defined areas of desert to the S and SW of Palestine. Although Paran usually designates an area of wilderness or desert, the term apparently forms a part of a place name El-paran in Gen. 14:6, and Dt. 33:2 and
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Paran
PARAN Desert region in the northeast Sinai Peninsula west of the Arabah (Rift Valley). The settlement of Kadesh-barnea is its northernmost limit. Some scholars identify the great Et-Tih plateau of the central Sinai as a part of this wilderness.The wilderness of Paran is a wild, arid expanse of tableland,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Paran
PARAN. A desert region somewhere in the extreme S of Palestine, near Kadeshbarnea. Most scholars place it in the NE region of the Sinai Peninsula. Others identify it with Et Tih, the great central plateau of Sinai. Beno Rothenberg in God’s Wilderness (pp. 165–170) argues convincingly that Paran was the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Paran
PARAN. A wilderness situated in the E central region of the Sinai peninsula, NE from the traditional Sinai and SSE of Kadesh, with the Arabah and the Gulf of Aqabah as its E border. It was to this wilderness that Hagar and Ishmael went after their expulsion from Abraham’s household (Gn. 21:21) It was
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Paran
Paran (Heb. pāʾrān)A desert region S of Judah, W of Edom, and N of the wilderness of Sinai, and probably encompassing Kadesh-barnea. According to the stories of Israel’s journey through the wilderness, the Israelites went from the wilderness of Sinai to the wilderness of Paran (Num. 10:11–12) via
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Paran
Paran [pârˊən] (Heb. pā˒rān).† The eastern side of the Sinai peninsula, usually called the “wilderness of Paran:” After receiving the law at Sinai the Israelites encamped at Hazeroth before crossing Paran (Num. 10:12; 12:16). Kadesh, to which the spies returned after scouting Canaan, was apparently
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Paran
PARAN A desert in the Sinai peninsula, south of Kadesh-Barnea, lying between the land of Midian and Egypt (1 Kgs. 11:18). Ishmael lived here with his mother, Hagar the Egyptian (Gen. 21:21). One of the stations of the Israelites on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land (Deut. 33:2). Moses sent out
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Paran
PARAN A wilderness in the eastern Sinai, south of Israel. Hagar and Ishmael came to Paran after they were expelled from Abraham’s camp (Gen 21:21). The area was also traversed by the Israelites on their Exodus journey (Num 10:12; 12:16), and from there spies were sent out by Moses to inspect Canaan (Num
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Paran
PA´RAN (paʹran). A wilderness located in the E central region of the Sinai Peninsula. This region bordered the Arabah and the Gulf of Aqaba on the E and apparently comprised the wilderness of Zin, Kadesh-barnea, and Elath in its borders on the W.Paran is first noticed in connection with the expedition
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