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Sand

SAND (חוֹל, H2567, sand; ἄμμος, G302, sand). Although references to sand are numerous, on only one occasion in the Bible narrative does the actual sand of the Middle E figure in the record—when Moses buried an Egyp. whom he had killed, in the hope of keeping the affair secret (Exod 2:12). All other references are fig., the most common being to speak of sand grains as an indication of large numbers or amounts. The regions in which the Bible narrative unfolds contain many areas of sand and sand-hills. From Egypt, through the wilderness of Sinai, the Israelites would have been marching over sand for a good part of their journey. Although the desert of Sinai is rocky rather than sandy, patches of loose sand are encountered very frequently. Within the Promised Land, there was and is a wide belt of coastal sand dunes bordering the Mediterranean along the shores of southern Pal.; this has tended to spread inland unless stopped by forest planting or marram grass. It is the true “sand of th