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One of the four cardinal points of the compass. A common use of “east” in the Bible is in the listing of the four cardinal points to express totality, “everywhere” (Joel 2:20; Ps 75:7; Job 23:8-9; Matt 8:11; Luke 13:29). The East is the source of such OT wisdom figures as Job (Job 1:3), Agur (Prov 30:1), and Lemuel (Prov 31:1) as well as of the NT magi (Matt 2:1).

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.