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Bible Cities: Wilderness of Zin
The Wilderness of Zin, or Sin in the Bible

Map of the Ancient Wilderness of Zin


Wilderness of Zin in Easton's Bible Dictionary a low palm-tree, the south-eastern corner of the desert et- Tih, the wilderness of Paran, between the Gulf of Akabah and the head of the Wady Guraiyeh (Num. 13:21). To be distinguished from the 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 15:1,3

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 `Azazimeh Arabs.

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 Israel.

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 buried there.

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 buckler; coldness

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