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HEBREW: 2928 Mlj Telem
NAVE: Telem
EBD: Telem
Telabib | Telah | Telaim | Telasear | Telassar | Telem | Telharsa | Tell | Tell El-Amarna | Telmelah | Tema


In Bible versions:

a town of south-eastern Judah
a Levite gatekeeper who put away his heathen wife

their dew; their shadow
Google Maps: Telem (31° 9´, 35° 3´)


Strongs #02928: Mlj Telem

Telem = "oppression"

n pr m
1) a gatekeeper among the returning exiles in the time of Ezra

n pr loc
2) one of the cities in the extreme south of Judah in the Negeb

2928 Telem teh'-lem

from an unused root meaning to break up or treat violently;
oppression; Telem, the name of a place in Idumaea, also of a
temple doorkeeper:-Telem.

Telem [EBD]

oppression. (1.) A porter of the temple in the time of Ezra (10:24).

(2.) A town in the southern border of Judah (Josh. 15:24); probably the same as Telaim.

Telem [NAVE]

1. A city of Judah, Josh. 15:24.
2. A porter who put away his Gentile wife, Ezra 10:24.


  1. One of the cities in the extreme south of Judah, (Joshua 15:24) probably the same as Telaim. The name Dhullam is found in Van Deuteronomy Velde?s map, attached to a district immediately to the north of the Kubbet el-Baul , south of el Milh and Ar?arah --a position very suitable.
  2. A porter or doorkeeper of the temple in the time of Ezra. (Ezra 10:24) He is probably the same as TALMON in (Nehemiah 12:25)


TELEM (1) - te'-lem (Telem; Telem): A city in the Negeb "toward the border of Edom," belonging to Judah (Josh 15:24). In Septuagint of 2 Sam 3:12 Abner is said to send messengers to David at Thelam (Thailam); this would seem to be the same place and also to be identical with the Telaim and Telam of Saul (see TELAIM). It is probably the same as the Talmia of the Talmud (Neubauer, Geog. du Talmud, 121). The site has not been recovered.


TELEM (2) - (Telem; Septuagint Codex Vaticanus Telem; Codex Alexandrinus Tellem): One of three "porters" who had married foreign wives (Ezr 10:24), his name appearing as "Tolbanes" in 1 Esdras 9:25; perhaps the same as TALMON (which see).

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