(Hebrew: fountain of the kid)

City named from a warm spring near the western shore of the Dead Sea, 26 miles southeast of Jerusalem, and giving its name to a wild and desolate tract forming the eastern boundary of the desert of Judea. In the desert of Engaddi David hid when sought by Saul (I Kings, 24) and it was the scene of the slaughter of the hordes of Ammon, Moab, and Edom, who had invaded the Kingdom of Judea in the reign of Josaphat (II Par., 20).

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