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shur in the Bible

an enclosure; a wall, a part, probably, of the Arabian desert, on the north-eastern border of Egypt, giving its name to a wilderness extending from Egypt toward Philistia (Gen. 16:7; 20:1; 25:18; Ex.15:22). The name was probably given to it from the wall (or shur) which the Egyptians built to defend their frontier on the north-east from the desert tribes. This wall or line of fortifications extended from Pelusium to Heliopolis.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • From the reed-sea the Israelites marched into the wilderness of shur, and for three days found no water.

  • shur'n it's more av them that ought to be laying at the bottom of the sea with a mill stone around their neck.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • From the wilderness of shur to the great bitter lake there was blood by day and fire by night.

  • Taru may be identical with the word shur, which appears in the Hebrew name of this highway.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
  • Clearly then this also must have been written in Egypt, since only to a person living there would shur be on the way to Assyria.

    The Truth of Christianity William Harry Turton
  • He had all the chief captains and counsellors to hear him, and smote them hip and thigh, and pursued them even unto shur.

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • They had their home, it is said, in the desert which extended from shur to Havilah.

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