Smith’s Bible Dictionary

“Etam ” means lair of wild beasts

  1. A village of the tribe of Simeon, specified only in the list in (1 Chronicles 4:32) comp. Josh 19:7
  2. A place in Judah, fortified and garrisoned by Rehoboam. (2 Chronicles 11:6) Here, according to the statements of Josephus and the Talmudists, were the sources of the water from which Solomon's gardens and the pleasure-grounds were fed, and Bethlehem and the temple supplied.
Related Resources
  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Hitchcocks’s Bible Names