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A town located west of the Jordan River in the vicinity of Jerusalem and whose inhabitants spurned Nebuchadnezzar’s messengers (Judith 1:9).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
CHELOUS (PLACE) [Gk Chelous (Χελους)]. A site in the book of Judith, located in the vicinity of Jerusalem (Jdt 1:9). Two possible identifications have been proposed for this site. The first identification is with HALHUL (M.R. 159110) located 4 mi to the N of Hebron. This town is mentioned in Josh 15:58
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Chelous kel̀əs [Gk. Chelous] (Jth. 1:9); AV CHELLUS; NEB CHELUS. A place W of the Jordan to which Nebuchadnezzar sent his summons. It was located on one of the roads leading from Jerusalem to Egypt, and on another caravan route between Edom and Gaza. It is possibly to be identified with Alusa (ḥlwṣh),
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CHELOUS According to Judith 1:9, Chelous was one of the cities to which messengers were sent by King Nebuchadnezzar to procure aid for his campaign against Arphaxad. Most scholars think that Chelous is the site known by some ancient geographers as Elusa but which is now called Khalasa. Khalasa is located
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHELLUS<kel’-us> ([Χελλούς, Chellous]), a place named (Judith 1:9) among those West of the Jordan to which Nebuchadnezzar sent his summons. It is mentioned along with “Kades,” and as it lay North of the “children of Ishmael” it may with some probability be taken as lying Southwest of Jerusalem.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Chelous kel′uhs (Χελους). A town SW of Jerusalem near Bethany but N of Kadesh and the “river of Egypt” (Jdt. 1:9; KJV, “Chelus”; others, “Chellus”). It is probably to be identified with modern Khalaṣa, lying SW of Beersheba on an important road leading S from Jerusalem to Egypt and on a caravan route
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
CHELLUS, kel′us (Χελλούς, Chelloús), a place named (Jth 1:9) among those W. of the Jordan to which Nebuchadnezzar sent his summons. It is mentioned along with “Kades,” and as it lay N. of the “children of Ishmael” it may with some probability be taken as lying S.W. of Jerus. It has been conjectured
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5