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What does it mean that God came from Teman?



      

Habakkuk 3:3

ESV - 3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. Selah

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Habakkuk 3 consists of a hymn of praise to God. Verse 3 begins a section that says, "God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran." What exactly does this mean? What is the significance o...

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Mini Kenneth Heck
In this verse, I believe the word "teman" should not have been capitalized, since it suggests a city named after a grandson of Esau.

The word "teman" in Hebrew means the "south" or "southwards" For the land of Israel, God came from the south, that is, from Mount Sinai.

Mount Paran is used as a synonym for Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai was in or near the land of Paran). Another synonym for Mount Sinai was Mount Horeb. 

The wilderness of Paran would be directly south of Israel and Mt Horeb south of that. This is realistic if Mt Sinai/Horeb is in Arabia/Arabah as Deut 1:1 and Paul in Galatians tell us.)

Interestingly, Paran was the wilderness where Hagar had her experience with God and where Ishmael grew up (Gen 21:21).

Not being a scholar,I will not attempt to indicate all the commentary which has been written concerning this.

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