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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ma´on, a town in the tribe of Judah (), which gave name to a wilderness where David hid himself from Saul, and around which the churlish Nabal had great possessions (; ). Jerome places it to the east of Daroma. The name does not occur in modern times, and Dr. Robinson regards it as one of the sites first identified by himself. He finds it in the present Maîn, which is about seven miles south by east from Hebron. Here there is a conical hill about 200 feet high, on the top of which are some ruins of no great extent, consisting of foundations of hewn stone, a square enclosure, the remains probably of a tower or castle, and several cisterns. The view from the summit is extensive. This is Maîn. The traveler found here a band of peasants keeping their flocks, and dwelling in caves amid the ruins (Bibl. Researches, ii. 190-196).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Maon'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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