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Ezion-Geber

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The giant's backbone (so called from the head of a mountain which runs out into the sea), an ancient city and harbour at the north-east end of the Elanitic branch of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Akabah, near Elath or Eloth (Numbers 33:35; Deuteronomy 2:8 ). Here Solomon built ships, "Tarshish ships," like those trading from Tyre to Tarshish and the west, which traded with Ophir (1 Kings 9:26; 2 Chronicles 8:17 ); and here also Jehoshaphat's fleet was shipwrecked (1 Kings 22:48; 2 Chronicles 20:36 ). It became a populous town, many of the Jews settling in it (2 Kings 16:6 , "Elath"). It is supposed that anciently the north end of the gulf flowed further into the country than now, as far as 'Ain el-Ghudyan, which Isaiah 10 miles up the dry bed of the Arabah, and that Ezion-geber may have been there.

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Ezion-Geber'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/e/ezion-geber.html. 1897.

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