Bible Cities: Wilderness of Zin
The Wilderness of Zin, or Sin in the Bible
Wilderness of Zin in Easton's Bible Dictionary
a low palm-tree, the south-eastern corner of the desert et-
the wilderness of Paran, between the Gulf of Akabah
and the head
of the Wady Guraiyeh (Num. 13:21). To be distinguished
wilderness of Sin (q.v.).
Wilderness of Zin in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
The N.E. portion of the wilderness of Paran. (See PARAN.)
The spring of Kadesh lay in it (Numbers 20:1; Numbers 27:14;
Deuteronomy 32:51). frontKADESH.) It probably stretched from
the Arabah on the E. to Kadesh on the W. The wilderness of
Zin formed the immediate boundary of Canaan (Numbers 13:21;
Numbers 34:3), and comprised also the whole rugged mountain
region S. of wady el Murrah, and wady el Fikrah as far E. as
the Arabah, and as far W. as Ain Kadeis (fountain of Kadesh)
and wady el Arish ("the river of Egypt".) The Arabah
separated it from the mountains of Edom. On the declivity of
a commanding hill within Edom's territory stands the village
Dhana which may correspond to Zin.
Though the wilderness of Zin does not strictly
belong to Edom, yet it was connected with Edom; hence
Judah's cities are said to lie "toward the coast of Edom"
(Joshua 15:21). The wilderness of Kadesh is identical with
the western part of the wilderness of Zin (Numbers 33:36).
Kadesh was "in the uttermost border of Edom," i.e. in the
uttermost W. of the wilderness of Zin which borders Edom
(Numbers 20:16). The name Zin, i.e. coldness, however may be
given from some cold fountain at the head of wady el Murrah.
Do not confound it with "the wilderness of Sin."
Wilderness of Zin in Naves Topical Bible
A desert south of Judah
Nu 13:21; 20:1; 27:14; 33:36; 34:3,4; De 32:51; Jos
Wilderness of Zin in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(flat), the name given to a portion of the desert tract
between the Dead Sea, Ghor, and Arabah on the east, and the
general plateau of the Tih which stretches westward. The
country in question consists of two or three successive
terraces of mountain converging to an acute single at the Dead
Sea's southern verge, toward which also they slope. Kadesh lay
in it, and here also Idumea was conterminous with Judah; since
Kadesh was a city in the border of Edom. [See KADESH].
Nu 13:21; 20:1; 27:14; 33:36; 34:3; Jos 15:1
Wilderness of Zin in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
zin (tsin; Sin):
(1) A town in the extreme South of Judah, on the line
separating that province from Edom, named between the ascent
of Akrabbim and Kadesh-barnea (Nu 34:4; Josh 15:3). It must
have lain somewhere between Wady el-Fiqra (the ascent of
Akrabbim?) and `Ain Qadis (Kadesh-barnea); but the site has
not been recovered.
(2) The Wilderness of Zin is the tract deriving its name from
the town (Nu 34:3). It is identified with the wilderness of
Kadesh in Nu 33:36; while in other places Kadesh is said to be
in the wilderness of Zin (Nu 20:1; 27:14; Dt 32:51). We may
take it that the two names refer to the same region. The
spies, who set out from Kadesh-barnea, explored the land from
the wilderness of Zin northward (Nu 13:21; compare 32:8). It
bordered with Judah "at the uttermost part of the south" (Josh
15:1). In this wilderness Moses committed the offense which
cost him his hope of entering the promised land (Nu 27:14; Dt
32:51). It is identical with the uplands lying to the North
and Northwest of the wilderness of Paran, now occupied by the
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Deuteronomy 32:51
Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel
at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin;
because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Joshua 15:1
[This] then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah
by their families; [even] to the border of Edom the wilderness
of Zin southward [was] the uttermost part of the south coast.
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Numbers 13:21
So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of
Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Numbers 20:1
Then came the children of Israel, [even] the whole
congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and
the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Numbers 27:14
For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin,
in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water
before their eyes: that [is] the water of Meribah in Kadesh in
the wilderness of Zin.
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Numbers 33:36
And they removed from Eziongaber, and pitched in the
wilderness of Zin, which [is] Kadesh.
Wilderness of Zin Scripture - Numbers 34:3
Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin
along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the
outmost coast of the salt sea eastward:
Zin in Hitchcock's Bible Names
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