Diz'ahab (Hebrews Di-Zahab', דּי זָהָב [see below]), a place in the desert of Sinai, one of the boundary points of the "Arabah," or region where the Israelites wandered (De 1:1). It is probably the same cape now called Dahab (Robinson, Res. 1:217; 2:600), on the western shore of the Elanitic Gulf (Schwarz, Palest. page 212), about opposite Sinai; it abounds in palms, and has traces of ruins (Burckhardt, Syria, page 523). Wilson, however, doubts the identification (Lands of Bible, 1:235 n.). SEE WILDERNESS. The name is indicative of the presence of gold there, as that is the meaning of the latter half of the word (so Sept. Καταχρύσεα, Vulg. ubi auri est plurimum); but the former part of the name is foreign, either with the Aramaean expletive = of (literally "that which is"), or from the Arabic = בִּעִל, "lord," i.e., possessor of (Gesenius, Thes. page 334). With this import also agrees the description of Eusebius and Jerome (Onomast. s.v. Κατὰ τὰ χρύσεα, Cata Ta Chrysea), that the mountains in that region (in Phaeno, according to the true reading; see Le Clere in Bonfrere's ed.) are full of gold veins; also the modern name, which is in full Minah el-Dahab, "the porch of gold" (Büsching, Erdbeschr. XI, 1:621).

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