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En’-gedi or En-ge’di (fount of the kid), a town in the wilderness of Judah, Josh. 15:62, on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Ezek. 47:10. Its original name was Hazezon-tamar, on account of the palm groves which surrounded it. 2 Chron. 20:2. Its site is about the middle of the western shore of the lake, at the fountain of Ain Jidy, from which the place gets its name. It was immediately after an assault upon the “Amorites that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar,” that the five Mesopotamian kings were attacked by the rulers of the plain of Sodom. Gen. 14:7; comp. 2 Chron. 20:2. Saul was told that David was in the “wilderness of Engedi”; and he took “three thousand men, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.1 Sam. 24:1-4. The vineyards of Engedi were celebrated by Solomon. Song. 1:14.


Wilderness of Engedi (Dead Sea).