Rephidim
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Rephidim

beds; places of rest

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Rephidim

(Exodus 17:1,8; 19:2) The name means rests or stays , i.e. resting places. The place lies in the march of the Israelites from Egypt to Sinai. Its site is not certain, but it is perhaps Wady Feiran , a rather broad valley about 25 miles from Jebel Musa (Mount Sinai). Others place it in Wady es Sheikh , an eastern continuation of Feiran, and about 12 miles from Sinai. Here the Israelites fought their first battle and gained their first victory after leaving Egypt, the Amalekites having attacked them; here also the people murmured from thirst, and Moses brought water for them out of the rock. From this murmuring the place was called "Massah" and "Meribah."

ATS Bible Dictionary
Rephidim

An encampment of the Israelites between the wilderness of Sin and mount Sinai, where the people murmured, and God gave them water from the rock. Here also the Amalekites attacked them, and were defeated, Exodus 17:1-16. It is thought to have been in the valley now called esh-Sheikh, a day's march northwest of Sinai, and near the western border of the Horeb group of mountains. SEE SINAI.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Supports, one of the stations of the Israelites, situated in the Wady Feiran, near its junction with the Wady esh-Sheikh. Here no water could be found for the people to drink, and in their impatience they were ready to stone Moses, as if he were the cause of their distress. At the command of God Moses smote "the rock in Horeb," and a copious stream flowed forth, enough for all the people. After this the Amalekites attacked the Israelites while they were here encamped, but they were utterly defeated (Exodus 17:1, 8-16). They were the "first of the nations" to make war against Israel (Numbers 24:20).

Leaving Rephidim, the Israelites advanced into the wilderness of Sinai (Exodus 19:1, 2; Numbers 33:14, 15), marching probably through the two passes of the Wady Solaf and the Wady esh-Sheikh, which converge at the entrance to the plain er-Rahah, the "desert of Sinai," which is two miles long and about half a mile broad. (see SINAI; MERIBAH.)

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
REPHIDIM

ref'-i-dim (rephidhim, "rests"; Rhaphidin): A station in the Wanderings, between the wilderness of Sin and the wilderness of Sinai (Exodus 17:1, 8; Exodus 19:2 Numbers 33:14). The host expected to find water here; to their distress the streams were dry, and water was miraculously provided. Palmer (Desert of the Exodus, 158;) states cogent reasons for identifying Rephidim with Wady Feiran. It is the most fertile part of the peninsula, well watered, with a palm grove stretching for miles along the valley. Palmer speaks of passing through the palm grove as a "most delightful" walk; "the tall, graceful trees afforded a delicious shade, fresh water ran at our feet, and, above all, bulbuls flitted from branch to branch uttering their sweet notes." His camp was pitched at "the mouth of Wady `Aleyat, a large open space completely surrounded by steep, shelving mountains of gneiss, the fantastic cleavage of which added greatly to the beauty of the scene. Palms and tamarisks were dotted all around, and on every knoll and mountain slope were ruined houses, churches, and walls, the relics of the ancient monastic city of Paran. Behind our tents rose the majestic mass of Serbal, and beneath the rocky wall opposite ran a purling brook, only a few inches in depth, but still sufficiently cool, clear, and refreshing."

Such a place as this the Amalekites would naturally wish to preserve for themselves against an invading people. For these desert dwellers, indeed, the possession of this watered vale may well have been a matter of life and death.

If this identification is correct, then Jebel Tachuneh, "Mount of the mill," a height that rises on the North of the valley, may have been the hill from which Moses, with Aaron and Hur, viewed the battle.

W. Ewing

Strong's Hebrew
7508. Rephidim -- a place in the desert
... 7507, 7508. Rephidim. 7509 . a place in the desert. Transliteration: Rephidim
Phonetic Spelling: (ref-ee-deem') Short Definition: Rephidim. ...
/hebrew/7508.htm - 6k
Library

The Waters of Meribah
... God's answer recalls the former miracle at Rephidim (Exodus 17:1-7) in the early
days of the march, when the same cries had come from lips now silent, and the ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/the waters of meribah.htm

From Egypt to Sinai.
... (3) Under the leadership of the cloud, which during all the forty years of wilderness
wandering, was their guide, they next encamped at Rephidim where there ...
/.../tidwell/the bible period by period/chapter v from egypt to.htm

The Wilderness.
... them with manna from Heaven, and water out of the flinty rock; and gave them the
victory over the Edomite tribe of robber Amalekites at Rephidim, where Joshua ...
//christianbookshelf.org/yonge/the chosen people/lesson iv the wilderness.htm

The Wall Rebuilt.
... taught him to loathe; and Haman, taking offence, and remembering the old enmity
between the two nations, that had begun at the battle of Rephidim, promised the ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/yonge/the chosen people/lesson xiv the wall rebuilt.htm

Christ the Water of Life.
... water. The first was at Rephidim, in the wilderness of Sin, during the first
year of their Exodus, before they came to Mount Sinai. ...
/.../iii christ the water of life.htm

Moses Striking the Rock.
... Journeying forward, they entered another wilderness, called the Desert of Sin,
and came to a place named Rephidim, where they found no water. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the old testament/moses striking the rock.htm

Jehovah
... Jehovah-nissi, ie, "The Lord my banner," was a discovery made by Moses when Amalek
came to fight with Israel in Rephidim, and the Lord gave the Israelites a ...
//christianbookshelf.org/smith/the god of all comfort/chapter 6 jehovah.htm

Letter Xci. From Epiphanius to Jerome.
... For know, my beloved son, that Amalek has been destroyed root and branch and that
the trophy of the cross has been set up on the hill of Rephidim. ...
/.../jerome/the principal works of st jerome/letter xci from epiphanius to.htm

The Unmistakable Honesty of the Writers of the Bible Attests to ...
... God's intervention in giving the Israelites food to eat, which ought for ever to
have closed their murmuring mouths, they pitched in Rephidim where "there was ...
/.../the divine inspiration of the bible/chapter three the unmistakable honesty.htm

How Moses when He had Brought the People Out of Egypt Led
... 7. As soon as they were removed thence, they came to Rephidim, being distressed
to the last degree by thirst; and while in the foregoing days they had lit on a ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 1 how moses when.htm

Thesaurus
Rephidim (5 Occurrences)
... Leaving Rephidim, the Israelites advanced into the wilderness of Sinai (Exodus
19:1, 2; Numbers 33:14, 15), marching probably through the two passes of the ...
/r/rephidim.htm - 11k

Reph'idim (5 Occurrences)
Reph'idim. Rephidim, Reph'idim. Repiners . Multi-Version Concordance ... (See RSV).
Exodus 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. (See RSV). ...
/r/reph'idim.htm - 7k

Pitched (101 Occurrences)
... the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys,
according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there ...
/p/pitched.htm - 33k

Camped (100 Occurrences)
... of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys,
according to Yahweh's commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no ...
/c/camped.htm - 33k

Encamped (115 Occurrences)
... of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys,
according to Yahweh's commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no ...
/e/encamped.htm - 34k

Alush (2 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary One of the places, the last before Rephidim, at which
the Hebrews rested on their way to Sinai (Numbers 33:13, 14). ...
/a/alush.htm - 7k

Encamp (108 Occurrences)
... of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys,
according to Yahweh's commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no ...
/e/encamp.htm - 36k

Joshua (211 Occurrences)
... all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the
Israelites at their great battle against the Amalekites in Rephidim (Exodus 17 ...
/j/joshua.htm - 101k

Drinking-water (4 Occurrences)
... 17:1 And the children of Israel went on from the waste land of Sin, by stages as
the Lord gave them orders, and put up their tents in Rephidim: and there was ...
/d/drinking-water.htm - 7k

Meribah (11 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Quarrel or strife. (1.) One of the names given by Moses
to the fountain in the desert of Sin, near Rephidim, which issued from the ...
/m/meribah.htm - 14k

Concordance
Rephidim (5 Occurrences)

Exodus 17:1
All the congregation of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to Yahweh's commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Exodus 17:8
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Exodus 19:2
When they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mountain.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Numbers 33:14
They traveled from Alush, and encamped in Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Numbers 33:15
They traveled from Rephidim, and encamped in the wilderness of Sinai.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Subtopics

Rephidim

Rephidim: A Camping Place of Israel in Their Wandering of Forty Years

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