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Shur


Shur (a wall), a place just without the eastern border of Egypt. Shur is first mentioned in the narrative of Hagar’s flight from Sarah. Gen. 16:7. Abraham afterward “dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.” Gen. 20:1. It is also called Ethami. The wilderness of Shur was entered by the Israelites after they had crossed the Red Sea. Ex. 15:22–23. It was also called the wilderness of Etham. Num. 33:8. Shur may have been a fortified town east of the ancient head of the Red Sea; and from its being spoken of as a limit, it was probably the last Arabian town before entering Egypt.