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Bible Meaning: Fountain of Dor or of dwelling
Strong's Concordance #H5874

Endor was a city within the territory given to the tribe of Isaachar that Manasseh nevertheless claimed as its own (Joshua 17:11).

The city of Endor is famous for the place where King Saul consulted a witch (sorceress who had a "familiar spirit") in a vain attempt to contact the dead spirit of the prophet Samuel (1Samuel 28). Psalm 83 states that the city was one of the locations where King Jabin's army, under the command of Sisera, was defeated by Deborah and Barak (Judges 4, Psalm 83:9 - 10).

Important Verses

Joshua 17:11
And Manasseh had in Isaachar and in Asher Bethshean and her towns, and Ibleam and her towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, even three countries.

1Samuel 28:5 - 8, 11
And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

Location of Endor in Ancient Israel Map

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee . . .

Then said the woman (of Endor), Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

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Series Notes
References are based on the
King James Bible translation (KJV).