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Holman Bible Dictionary
(tee' muh) Personal and place name meaning, “south country.” Tema, a son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:15
; 1 Chronicles 1:30
), is associated with Tema (modern Teima), a strategic oasis located on the Arabian penisula 250 miles southeast of Aqaba and 200 miles north-northeast of Medina. Job 6:19
alludes to Tema's importance as a caravan stop. Isaiah 21:14
likely refers to the campaign of the Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser III (738 B.C.) when Tema escaped destruction by paying tribute. Jeremiah 25:23
perhaps refers to a campaign of Nebuchadnezzar. Having conquered and rebuilt Tema, Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon, remained there ten years, leaving his son Belshazzar as vice-regent in Babylon ( Daniel 5:1
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Tema'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/t/tema.html. 1991.