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Hor-Hagidgad

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(Hebrew Chor hag-Gidgad', הִגַּדנְגָּי חֹר, hole of the Gidgad; Sept. ὄρος Γαδγάδ,Vulg. mons Gadgad, both apparently reading or misunderstanding הִר or הֹר for חֹר ), the thirty-third station of the Israelites between Bene- Jaakan and Jotbathah (Numbers 33:32-33); evidently the same with their forty-first station GUDGODHA, between the same places in the opposite direction, and not far from Mount Hor (Deuteronomy 10:6; Deuteronomy 10:2). Winer (Realwort. s.v. Horgidgad) assents to the possibility of the identity of this name with that of wady Ghudhaghid, in the eastern part of the desert et-Tih (Robinson's Researches, 3, App. 210, b), although the names are spelt and signify differently (this valley would be in Hebrew characters צֲָאעִצ ), but objects to the identification thus proposed by Ewald (Isral. Gesch. 2, 207) on the ground that חוֹר can hardly mean a wide valley. This difficulty, however, does not weigh much, since the wady may only be the representative of the name anciently attached to some spot in the vicinity, more properly called a chasm; and even this spot is sufficiently a gully to form a receptacle for the loose sand washed down by the freshets, which may naturally have partly filled it up in the course of ages. With this identification Rabbi Schwarz likewise agrees (Palest. p. 213). (See EXODE). The name Gidgad or Gudgod, according to Gesenius, is from an Ethiopic reduplicated root, signifying to reverberate, as thunder; but, according to Furst, signifies a cleft, from גּוּר or גָּדִד, to incise. (See GUDGODAAH).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Hor-Hagidgad'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/h/hor-hagidgad.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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