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En-dor meaning

עין־דר
עין־דאר
עין דור
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🔼The name En-dor in the Bible

En-dor is a village in the territory of either Issachar or Asher but belonging to Manasseh (Joshua 17:11, spelled עין־דר). It's close to its semi-namesake Dor, but also to the river Kishon (Psalm 83:10, spelled עין־דאר). En-dor is most famously remembered for being the home of the witch of En-dor, who was consulted by king Saul and who managed to bring the late prophet Samuel "up from the earth" (1 Samuel 28:7-13, spelled עין דור).

By the time Saul visited the witch at En-dor, he had already lost control over the kingdom due to his persistent transgressing of God's Law. On his last day on earth, Saul violated the law that forbids practicing or consulting a spiritual medium (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).

🔼Etymology of the name En-dor

The name En-dor obviously consists of two elements. The first part is equal to the noun עין ('ayin), meaning either fountain or eye:

The second part of our name comes from the root דור:

🔼En-dor meaning

For a meaning of the name En-dor, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Fountain Of Habitation. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer a translation.

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