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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Nakon', נָכוֹן , prepared; Sept. Ναχών, v.r. Ναχώρ and even Ωδάδ ), a name given only as identifving a threshing-floor near which Uzzah was slain, for laying his hand upon the ark (2 Samuel 6:6). It is doubted whether this be a proper name, denoting the owner of the floor, or merely an epithet applied to it, i.e., the prepared floor (so the Targum of Jonathan; comp. Buxtorf, Lex. Rabb. col. 2647). This floor could not have been far from Jerusalem, and must have nearly adjoined the house of Obed- edom, in which the ark was deposited. In the parallel text (1 Chronicles 13:9) the place is called the floor of Chidon, which some suppose to be another name of the owner (Talm. Bab. Sotah, 3, fol. 35). (See CHIDON). Another method of identifying the two names is to regard Nachon as derived from נכה, to smite, because Jehovah smote Uzzah there; and Chidon as containing a figurative allusion to the divine javelin which smote him. In any case PEREZ-UZZAH (See PEREZ-UZZAH) (q.v.) afterwards became the local designation of the spot.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Nachon'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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