Etam

Boyd’s Bible Dictionary:

(lair). (1) A village in Simeon (1 Chron. 4:33And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi: (1 Chronicles 4:3)2). (2) Favorite resort of Solomon (2 Chron. 11:66He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, (2 Chronicles 11:6); Judg. 15:8-198And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. 9Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. 10And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us. 11Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. 12And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. 13And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. 14And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. 15And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. 16And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. 17And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath-lehi. 18And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? 19But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. (Judges 15:8‑19)). (3) A doubtful name (1 Chron. 4:33And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi: (1 Chronicles 4:3)).

Concise Bible Dictionary:

2. City of Judah, fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chron. 11:66He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, (2 Chronicles 11:6)). Identified with ruins at Aitun, 31° 30' N, 34° 55' E.
3. A descendant of Judah (1 Chron. 4:33And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi: (1 Chronicles 4:3)). The meaning is doubtful; some MSS read “sons of Etam”; and others, “sons of the father of Etam”; it may refer to the “founder” of the above city, No. 2.

Strong’s Dictionary of Hebrew Words:

Transliteration:
`Eytam
Phonic:
ay-tawm’
Meaning:
from 5861; hawk-ground; Etam, a place in Palestine
KJV Usage:
Etam

Potts’ Bible Proper Names:

Abundance of rapacious birds; place of ravenous beasts:―place in Palestine [ETHER], 1 Chron. 4:32. {Avium rapacium copia}