precious stone; that beholds
(darkness ) one of the halting-places of the Israelite host during the last portion of the wandering. ( Numbers 33:42 Numbers 33:43 ) By Eusebius and Jerome, it is identified with Phaeno, which contained the copper-mines so well known at that period, and was situated between Petra and Zoar.
A desert camp of the Israelites, the second after leaving Mt. Hor (Numbers 33:42,43). Eusebius (Onom 299 85; 123 9) mentions an Idumean village, North of Petra, in the desert, where convicts were mining copper, called Phinon or Phainon. These are doubtless identical.
See WANDERINGS OF ISRAEL.
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