projecting; a flower, a cleft or pass, probably that near En-gedi, which leads up from the Dead Sea (2Ch 20:16) in the direction of Tekoa; now Tell Hasasah.
The cliff of Ziz. The ascent (ma'aleh), or pass, by which the hosts of Moab, Ammon, and the Mehunim, according to the announcement of the prophet Jahaziel, proceeded from the Dead Sea to the wilderness of Judah near Tekoa (2Ch 20:16,20); "they come up by the ascent of ha-Ziz, and ye shall find them at the head of the wady"; now the pass of Ain Jidy, the route of Arab marauders to the present day. The name appears in Husasah, the tableland above Ain Jidy, between it and Tekua, and may be related to Hazezon Tamar, the ancient name of Engedi (Ain Jidy). Condor (Palestine Exploration Quarterly Statement, Jan. 1875) identifies Ziz with Khirbet' Aziz. Wady Khubara, the main valley S. of Engedi, runs W. toward this ruin to which the ascent, would be by this watercourse.
The ascent of Ziz is mentioned in 2Ch 20:16 as the way by which the allied Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunim made their way up from En-gedi to attack Jehoshaphat at Jerusalem. It has been identified as an ascent near En-gedi from the plain of the Dead Sea to the tableland of Judah. The Roman road from En-gedi to Jerusalem followed this track.
H. L. Willett.
Cliff or pass in Judah by which the hordes of Moabites, etc. made their way up from the shores of the Dead Sea to the Wilderness of Jeruel. 2Ch 20:16. Identified with the Wady Husasah, 31 28' N, 35 23' E.
(the projection), The cliff of, the pass by which the horde of Moabites, Ammonites and Mehunim made their way up from the shores of the Dead Sea to the wilderness of Judah near Tekoa.
only; comp. 2Chr 20:20 It was the pass of Ain Jidy --the very same route which is taken by the Arabs in their marauding expeditions at the present day.