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It was the place where Joseph and his brothers, when on their way from Egypt to Hebron with the remains of their father Jacob, made for seven days a “great and very sore lamentation.” On this account the Canaanites called it “Abel-mizraim” ( ). It was probably near Hebron. The word is rendered “bramble” in , and “thorns” in .
Some or all of this article is forked from Wikipedia. The original article was at Atad. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.