(may' ahn) Name meaning “Dwelling.” 1. Descendant of Caleb who founded Beth-zur (1 Chronicles 2:45). 2. Village in the hill country of Judah (Joshua 15:55). The site of Maon has been identified with tell Ma'in about eight miles south of Hebron in the vicinity of Carmel of Judah (compare
1 Samuel 25:2) and with khirbet el-Ma'in twenty-five miles northwest of Beersheba. Pottery finds at tell Ma'in demonstrate occupation from the time of David. David took refuge from Saul in the wilderness to the east of Maon (1 Samuel 23:24-25). Nabal, who foolishly refused hospitality to David, was a resident of Maon (1 Samuel 25:2).
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