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In 1 Kings 9:18, where the word occurs in the King James Version, the Hebrew text and the Revised King James Version read “Tamar,” which is properly a city on the southern border of Israel and toward the wilderness (compare Ezek. 47:19; 48:28).
In 2 Chronicles 8:14 Tadmor is mentioned in connection with Hamath-zobah. It is called Palmyra by the Greeks and Romans. It stood in the great Syrian wilderness, 176 miles from Damascus and 130 from the Mediterranean and was the center of a vast commercial traffic with Western Asia.
It was also an important military station. (See Solomon.)