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(1) Mentioned in Septuagint along with Tekoa, Bethlehem and Phagor (Joshua 15:59 ). In 2 Chronicles 11:6 it occurs, between Bethlehem and Tekoa, as one of the cities built "for defense in Judah" by Rehoboam. Josephus writes that "there was a certain place, about 50 furlongs distant from Jerusalem which is called Ethan, very pleasant it is in fine gardens and abounding in rivulets of water; whither he (Solomon) used to go out in the morning" ( Ant. , VIII, vii, 3). Mention of
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(2) A town assigned to Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:32 ). Mentioned with EN-RIMMON (which see), identified by Conder with
(3) The rock of Etam , where Samson took up his dwelling after smiting the Philistines "hip and thigh with a great slaughter" (Judges 15:8 , Judges 15:11 ), was in Judah but apparently in the low hill country (same place) . The rocky hill on which lies the village of
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Etam'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​e/etam.html. 1915.