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eshcol in the Bible

bunch; brave. (1.) A young Amoritish chief who joined Abraham in the recovery of Lot from the hands of Chedorlaomer (Gen. 14:13, 24). (2.) A valley in which the spies obtained a fine cluster of grapes (Num. 13:23, 24; "the brook Eshcol," A.V.; "the valley of Eshcol," R.V.), which they took back with them to the camp of Israel as a specimen of the fruits of the Promised Land. On their way back they explored the route which led into the south (the Negeb) by the western edge of the mountains at Telilat el-'Anab, i.e., "grape-mounds", near Beersheba. "In one of these extensive valleys, perhaps in Wady Hanein, where miles of grape-mounds even now meet the eye, they cut the gigantic clusters of grapes, and gathered the pomegranates and figs, to show how goodly was the land which the Lord had promised for their inheritance.", Palmer's Desert of the Exodus.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • It was from the Judan valley of eshcol, 'the torrent of the cluster,' that the spies cut down the gigantic cluster of grapes. '

  • He brought no money, no coral from foreign parts, nor news of grapes in eshcol.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • No vines in eshcol now, no pomegranates, but some green fig-trees.

  • There are blueberries growing abundantly among the rocks—huge clusters of them, bloomy and luscious as the grapes of eshcol.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • Even the wine of eshcol was tasteless now; the wine of Damascus worse, and the feast had become loathsome to him as the fray.

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • What eshcol clusters these, to bear back from this Canaan of darkness, saying, "This is the fruit of it!"

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