Paran

“Abounding in foliage, or abounding in caverns, (Gen. 21:21), a” desert tract forming the north-eastern division of the peninsula “of Sinai, lying between the `Arabah on the east and the” wilderness of Shur on the west. It is intersected in a north-western direction by the Wady el-`Arish. It bears the “modern name of Badiet et-Tih, i.e., “the desert of the” “wanderings.” This district, through which the children of Israel” “wandered, lay three days’ march from Sinai (Num. 10:12, 33).” “From Kadesh, in this wilderness, spies (q.v.) were sent to spy” “the land (13:3, 26). Here, long afterwards, David found refuge” “from Saul (1 Sam. 25:1, 4).”

Probably the hilly region or upland wilderness on the north of the desert of Paran forming the southern boundary of the Promised Land (Deut. 33:2; Hab. 3:3).

Definition of Paran: “beauty; glory; ornament”

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