Holman Bible Dictionary
(pyoo' nahn) Place name meaning, “ore pit.” Edomite mining center located at the junction of the wadi el-Gheweil and wadi esh-Sheqer on the east side of the Arabah about twenty-five miles south of the Dead Sea. The site was first occupied about 2200 B.C. The second occupation began shortly before the Israelites encamped there about 1200 B.C. (Numbers 33:42-43 ). The site was perhaps home to descendants of the clan chief Pinon (Genesis 36:41 ). The site is identified with modern Feinan. Two ancient smelting sites, khirbet en-Nahas and khirbet Nqeib Aseimer, lie to the north northeast.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Precious stone; that beholds
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary
A place were Israel pitched in the wilderness, between Petra and Segor, Some have thought that it was here Moses set up the brazen serpent, Numbers 21:9 and Numbers 33:42. The name Punon means precious stone.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
One of the later halting places of the Israelites. Numbers 33:42,43 .
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(See PINON.) Genesis 36:41. An Edomite ducal city; the Phoeno of Eusebius and Jerome, the penal abode of convicts sent to labour in the neighbouring copper mines. The Septuagint have Finon . Between Petra and Zoar, probably near the Roman road between them. Seetzen heard of a ruined castle, Fenan (3:17). Phoeno probably lay E. of, not within, Edom; as the Roman road is much to the right of the direct line of march. Punon may coincide with Kala'at Aneizeh, between el Ahsa (Oboth) and Ma'an (Numbers 33:42). Israel's second last stage before reaching the plains of Moab.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
PUNON . A station of the Israelites ( Numbers 33:42-43 ). Cf. also art. Pinon.
- (pi' nahn) Edomite clan chief (Genesis 36:41 ; 1 Chronicles 1:52 ), whose descendants perhaps settled Punon
(Numbers 33:42-43 )
- same name as Punon
of Numbers 33:42 f
- Eusebius and Jerome (Onomasticon) identify the seat of the tribe with Punon
, an Israelite station in the wilderness, and Phoeno between Petra and Zoar, the site of the Roman copper mines
- The name Punon
means precious stone
may coincide with Kala'at Aneizeh, between el Ahsa (Oboth) and Ma'an (Numbers 33:42)