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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Etam 
  eyrie.  (1.)  A  village  of  the  tribe  of  Simeon  (1  Chr.  4:32).  Into 
  some  cleft  ("top,"  A.V.,;  R.V.,  "cleft")  of  a  rock  here  Samson 
  retired  after  his  slaughter  of  the  Philistines  (Judg.  15:8,  11). 
  It  was  a  natural  stronghold.  It  has  been  identified  with  Beit 
  'Atab,  west  of  Bethlehem,  near  Zorah  and  Eshtaol.  On  the  crest 
  of  a  rocky  knoll,  under  the  village,  is  a  long  tunnel,  which  may 
  be  the  cleft"  in  which  Samson  hid. 
 
  (2.)  A  city  of  Judah,  fortified  by  Rehoboam  (2  Chr.  11:6).  It 
  was  near  Bethlehem  and  Tekoah  and  some  distance  apparently  to 
  the  north  of  (1).  It  seems  to  have  been  in  the  district  called 
  Nephtoah  (or  Netophah),  where  were  the  sources  of  the  water  from 
  which  Solomon's  gardens  and  pleasure-grounds  and  pools,  as  well 
  as  Bethlehem  and  the  temple,  were  supplied.  It  is  now  'Ain 
  'Atan,  at  the  head  of  the  Wady  Urtas,  a  fountain  sending  forth  a 
  copious  supply  of  pure  water. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Etam,  their  bird,  their  covering 
 




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