the giant's backbone (so called from the head of a mountain which runs out into the sea), an ancient city and harbour at the north-east end of the Elanitic branch of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Akabah, near Elath or Eloth ( Numbers 33:35 ; Deuteronomy 2:8 ). Here Solomon built ships, "Tarshish ships," like those trading from Tyre to Tarshish and the west, which traded with Ophir ( 1 Kings 9:26 ; 2 Chr 8:17 ); and here also Jehoshaphat's fleet was shipwrecked ( 1 Kings 22:48 ; 2 Chr 20:36 ). It became a populous town, many of the Jews settling in it ( 2 Kings 16:6 , "Elath"). It is supposed that anciently the north end of the gulf flowed further into the country than now, as far as 'Ain el-Ghudyan, which is 10 miles up the dry bed of the Arabah, and that Ezion-geber may have been there.
the wood of the man