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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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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 (1Samuel 24:1,2 ). Engedi was celebrated for its vine-yards (Song of 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 2Chronicles 20:2 ). According to Josephus ("B. J." 3:3, § 5), Engedi was 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.v. ). It is identified with the modern ' Ain Jidi (see Robinson, "Biblical Researches," 2:209,211, 214).

E. G. H. M. Sel.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Engedi'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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