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(pay' ruhn) 1. Wilderness area south of Judah, west of Edom, and north of Sinai. Israel camped there after leaving Sinai during the Exodus and sent spies to scout out the Promised Land from Kadesh, a location in Paran (Numbers 10:11-12; Numbers 13:3 ,Numbers 13:3,13:26 ). Chedorlaomer turned back his military campaign at Padan (Genesis 14:5-7 ). Ishmael made his home there after Abraham was forced to send Hagar and him away (Genesis 21:21 ). King Hadad of Edom eluded Joab by going through Padan to Egypt (1 Kings 11:17-18 ). 2 . Mount Paran appears as a poetic parallel to Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 33:2; compare Habakkuk 3:3 ) as the place of revelation. If not the same place as Sinai, the location is not known.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Paran'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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