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(Heb. Chadid', חַדיד , pointed, perh. from its situation on some craggy eminence, Gesenius, Thesaur. p. 446; Sept. Ἀδώδ in Nehemiah 11:31, elsewhere unites with preceding word, Λοδαδίδ; Vulgate Hadid), a place in the tribe of Benjamin, in the vicinity of Lod and Ono, whose inhabitants returned from the captivity to their old seat under Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:33, where some copies read חָרַיד, HARID; Nehemiah 7:37; Nehemiah 11:34). It is probably the same with one of the cities called ADIDA (See ADIDA) (q.v.) by Josephus (War, 4, 9, 1), but not that of the Apocrypha (1 Maccabees 12:38; comp. Josephus, Ant. 13:15, 2). In the time of Eusebius and Jerome (Onomast. s.v. Adithaim), a town called Aditha (Ἀδαθά) existed to the east of Diospolis (Lydda). According to Schwarz (Phy. Description If Palestine, p. 134), it was identical with the present "village el-Chadida, situated 5 Eng. miles east of Lud, on the summit of a round mountain:" probably the same with that seen by Dr. Robinson, and called by him "el- Haditheh, a large village just at the mouth of a wady, as it issues from the hills east of Ludd into the plain" (new edit. of Researches, 3, 143, note). This district, although, within the territory of Dan, belonged to Benjamin. The same place is described by the old Jewish traveler ha-Parchi as being "on the summit of a round hill," and identified by him, no doubt correctly, with Hadid (Zunz, in Asher's Benj. of Tudela, 2, 439).

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

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