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Tabh'erah, Tav'erah
A spot beyond the Sinai desert, towards Paran. Following a period of unrest among the Israelites, this place was named 'Burning' by Moses to mark the spot where God's fire had consumed the edge of the Israelite camp (Numbers 11:1-3; Deuteronomy 9:22).
Tachath
One of the encampments of the Israelites in the Wilderness, only mentioned at Numbers 33:26-7. Its location remains unknown.
Testing-and-Argument
In Hebrew, Massah and Merivah. A place in Rephidim, so called by Moses because of the incident when the Israelites demanded water and Moses produced it by striking a rock.
the Wastelands
The Wastelands, or Yeshimon, were thought to be situated in the northern Moab region, on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea (Numbers 21:22). The Hebrew name links the area to Beth HaYeshimoth, mentioned at Numbers 34:8.
Tigris, river
One of the four great rivers emanating from Paradise (Eden). Hiddekel in Hebrew, the Tigris is about 1150 miles (1850 km) in length.
Tofel
A locality possibly in the Paran area north of the Sinai desert, where Moses addressed the Israelites. Mentioned at Deuteronomy 1:1. Some sources identify Tofel with el-Tafile, a village 24 km (15 miles) south-west of the Dead Sea, but its exact location remains unknown.
Tower, Migdol
In Exodus 14:2, after leaving Egypt, the Israelites camped 'before Freedom Valley, between Tower and the sea'. Tower (Migdol) remains unlocated as there were several forts of Canaanite origin in the Egyptian border area at the time.
Tower of Babel
In History. A sky-scaling tower which man was said to have constructed in order to attract fame and glory to himself and in order to ensure his unity. Menís actions were viewed by God as a direct challenge to his authority. In order to put a stop to these activities God set the divisive powers of a Babel of languages against him (See Genesis 11). Some sages claimed that Godís actions were not entirely vengeful: they suggest that God had acted in this manner not in order to proclaim his might, but in order to protect men from an unforeseen calamity were they to occupy a single tower.
Tzalmonah
One of the encampments of the Israelites in the Wilderness, near Punon, but exact location unknown. The Israelites complained to Moses about their lack of food and water here (Numbers 21:5; Numbers 33:41-2).
Tzedad
Sometimes spelt Zedad, this town is mentioned at Numbers 34:8 as part of the description of the northern border of the Promised Land. Probably identical with modern Sedad to the east of Lebanon: some locate it instead at Khirbet Serada, near Dan.
Tzevoyim
One of the five Cities of the Plain whose destruction is described in Genesis 18 and 19, see Sodom. It is also alluded to at Deuteronomy 29:22.
Tzin Desert
Also known as the Wilderness of Zin. An area between the Sinai peninsula and the territory of Moab, lying on the route of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt (Numbers 13:21; Numbers 20:1; Numbers 27:14). Kadesh was their principal staging-post there.
Tzin Desert, Wilderness of Zin
An area in the Negev, in which Kadesh is situated (Numbers 20:1; Numbers 33:36). Not to be confused with the Sin Desert, which the Israelites crossed much earlier in their journey.
Tzoan
Ancient Egyptian city, probably the classical Tanis (the modern-day San el-Hagar). Mentioned at Numbers 13:22, in connection with the twelve spies sent by Moses to scout the land of Canaan: it is noted that Hebron had been built seven years previously.
Tzoar
One of the five Cities of the Plain whose destruction is described at Genesis 19. The name means 'junior' or 'insignificant', as it survived the disaster though reduced in size and importance. It was chosen by Lot as his refuge after leaving Sodom. It is also mentioned at Deuteronomy 34:3, where Moses was shown the Promised Land from Mount Nebo.




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