Tired of seeing ads while studying? Now you can enjoy an "Ads Free" version of the site for as little as 10¢ a day.

Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


A town in the wilderness of Judah (Joshua 15:62), on the western shore of the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 47:10). It was the hiding-place of David when he fled from Saul (1 Samuel 24:1,2). Engedi was celebrated for its vine-yards (Song of Solomon 1:14), for its balsam (Shab. 26a; Josephus, "Ant." 9:1, § 2), and for its palms (Pliny, "Historia, Naturalis," 5:17; see also Shab. 26a), whence it was called also "Hazazon-tamar" (the pruning of the palm-tree; 2 Chronicles 20:2). According to Josephus ("B. J." 3:3, § 5), Engediwas the center of a toparchy under the Romans; it was the chief seat of the Essenes, and in the fourth century it was still a large village (Eusebius, "Onomasticon," s.). It is identified with the modern 'Ain Jidi (see Robinson, "Biblical Researches," 2:209,211,214).

E. G. H.
M. Sel.

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.

Bibliography Information
Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Engedi'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

Search for…
Enter query in the box below:
Choose a letter to browse: