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Meaning: fountain of the treaders; i.e., “foot-fountain;” also called the “fullers' fountain,” because fullers here trod the clothes in water
It was at this spring that Jonathan and Ahimaaz lay hid after the flight of David (2 Samuel 17:17); and here also Adonijah held the feast when he aspired to the throne of his father King David (1 Kings 1:9).
It has been identified with the “fountain of the virgin”, the modern 'Ain Ummel-Daraj. Others identify it, with perhaps some probability, with the Bir Eyub, to the south of the Pool of Siloam, and below the junction of the valleys of Kidron and Hinnom. (See FOUNTAIN.)
Article Version: September 1, 2017