Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
EN-DOR . A town of Manasseh in the territory of Issachar ( Joshua 17:11 ); the home of a woman with a familiar spirit consulted by Saul on the eve of the battle of Gilboa ( 1 Samuel 28:1-25 ); and, according to a psalmist ( Psalms 83:10 ), the scene of the rout of Jabin and Sisera. It is identified with Endûr , south of Tahor, where are several ancient caves.
R. A. S. Macalister.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(fountain of Dor ), a place in the territory of Issachar, and yet possessed by Manasseh. ( Joshua 17:11 ) Endor was the scene of the great victory over Sisera and Jabin. It was here that the witch dwelt whom Saul consulted. (1 Samuel 28:7 ) it was known to Eusebius, who describes it was a large village four miles south of Tabor. Here to the north of Jebel Duhy the name still lingers. The distance from the slopes of Gilboa to Endor is seven or eight miles, over difficult ground.
- The "witch of En-dor
" (1 Samuel 28 ) was a necromancer, i
- Some Bible students see a reference to Judges 7:1 in Psalm 83:10 and make a slight change in the Hebrew text to read “Harod” instead of “En-dor
- Generally in compositions En-gedi, "fountain of kids," En-dor
, "fountain of the house," etc
- The transformation of Saul from one who expelled mediums (1 Samuel 28:3 ) to one who consulted a medium at En-dor
(1 Samuel 28:8-19 ) graphically illustrates his fall
- Thus the frequency of the Hebrew root En, meaning spring, in place names: En-dor
(Joshua 17:11 ); En-eglaim (Ezekiel 47:10 ); En-gannim (Joshua 15:34 ); En-gedi (Joshua 15:62 ); En-haddah (Joshua 19:21 ); En-hakkore (Judges 15:19 ); En-hazor (Joshua 19:37 ); En-rimmon; (Nehemiah 11:29 ); En-rogel and En-shemesh (Joshua 15:7 ); and En-tappuah (Joshua 17:7 )
- His final wretched condition is betrayed by his consultation of the witch at En-dor
(1 Samuel 28:7-8 )
- ’ A vivid instance of this belief is furnished in the story of the Witch of En-dor
( 1 Samuel 28:1-25 )