Meaning: south; desert

This is the name of a biblical man, a tribe and a place.

  1. one of the sons of Ishmael

  2. TRIBE—The man above was the father of a tribe which bore his name (Genesis 25:15; 1 Chronicles 1:30; Job 6:19; Isaiah 21:14; Jeremiah 25:23).

  3. PLACE—These people settled at a place to which Tema gave his name, some 250 miles southeast of Edom, on the route between Damascus and Mecca, in the northern part of the Arabian peninsula, toward the Syrian desert; the modern Teyma'

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