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kidron


kidron


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Kidron 
  =  Kedron  =  Cedron,  turbid,  the  winter  torrent  which  flows 
  through  the  Valley  of  Jehoshaphat,  on  the  eastern  side  of 
  Jerusalem,  between  the  city  and  the  Mount  of  Olives.  This  valley 
  is  known  in  Scripture  only  by  the  name  "the  brook  Kidron."  David 
  crossed  this  brook  bare-foot  and  weeping,  when  fleeing  from 
  Absalom  (2  Sam.  15:23,  30),  and  it  was  frequently  crossed  by  our 
  Lord  in  his  journeyings  to  and  fro  (John  18:1).  Here  Asa  burned 
  the  obscene  idols  of  his  mother  (1  Kings  15:13),  and  here 
  Athaliah  was  executed  (2  Kings  11:16).  It  afterwards  became  the 
  receptacle  for  all  manner  of  impurities  (2  Chr.  29:16;  30:14); 
  and  in  the  time  of  Josiah  this  valley  was  the  common  cemetery  of 
  the  city  (2  Kings  23:6;  comp.  Jer.  26:23). 
 
  Through  this  mountain  ravine  no  water  runs,  except  after  heavy 
  rains  in  the  mountains  round  about  Jerusalem.  Its  length  from 
  its  head  to  en-Rogel  is  2  3/4  miles.  Its  precipitous,  rocky 
  banks  are  filled  with  ancient  tombs,  especially  the  left  bank 
  opposite  the  temple  area.  The  greatest  desire  of  the  Jews  is  to 
  be  buried  there  from  the  idea  that  the  Kidron  is  the  "valley  of 
  Jehoshaphat"  mentioned  in  Joel  3:2. 
 
  Below  en-Rogel  the  Kidron  has  no  historical  or  sacred 
  interest.  It  runs  in  a  winding  course  through  the  wilderness  of 
  Judea  to  the  north-western  shore  of  the  Dead  Sea.  Its  whole 
  length,  in  a  straight  line  is  only  some  20  miles,  but  in  this 
  space  its  descent  is  about  3,912  feet.  (See  {KEDRON}.) 
 
  Recent  excavations  have  brought  to  light  the  fact  that  the  old 
  bed  of  the  Kidron  is  about  40  feet  lower  than  its  present  bed, 
  and  about  70  feet  nearer  the  sanctuary  wall. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Kidron,  obscure;  making  black  or  sad