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One of five Amorite cities whose armies unsuccessfully joined forces against Joshua and the Israelites. Later apportioned to the tribe of Judah.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
EGLON (PLACE) [Heb ʿeglôn (עֶגְלֹון)]. A royal Canaanite city conquered by Joshua (Josh 10:34–35). It was later incorporated into the Judean Shephelah district of Lachish (Josh 15:39). Eglon figures prominently in the narrative of Joshua’s conquest of the south (Joshua 10). Debir, king of Eglon, was
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Eglon (eg´lon).1 The king of Moab who, together with the Ammonites and Amalekites, invaded Israelite territory during the period of the judges and ruled over the people from the “city of palms” (Jericho) for eighteen years. According to Judg. 3:12–30, Eglon’s rule ended when Ehud, the left-handed judge,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EGLON1. The King of Moab, who was noted for his obesity. In league with the Ammonites and Amalekites, he subdued Israel as a divine punishment for their sins (Jdg 3:12–14), occupying the city of palms, Jericho. Subject to him for 18 years, the Israelites paid tribute. After Ehud, the second deliverer
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eglon (Heb. ʿeg̱lôn) (PLACE)A city of the Judean Shephelah or the adjacent coastal plain. Eglon’s Canaanite king was part of the coalition defeated by Joshua in the Gibeon affair (Josh. 10:3, 5, 23; 12:12) and the city itself was taken on the same campaign (10:34–35). The name of the Canaanite king,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
EGLON [ĕgˊlŏn] (Heb. ˓eg̱lôn “young bull”) (PLACE).† A city in the Shephelah region of Judah near Lachish (Josh. 15:39). Under its king, Debir, Eglon joined the coalition headed by Adonizedek of Jerusalem which sought to punish Gibeon for entering a pact with Joshua (10:3–5). The Israelites prevailed
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
EGLON A Canaanite town in the Plain of Judah. Debir, King of Eglon, was one of the five kings who fought Gibeon (Josh. 10:3). Eglon was later conquered by Joshua (Josh. 12:12) and became part of the territory of Judah (Josh. 15:39). Identified with Tell el-Hesi. Eusebius (Onom. 48:19) also knew this
Catholic Bible Dictionary
EGLON1. The king of the Moabites who was assassinated by Ehud (Judg 3:12–22) after persecuting the Israelites for eighteen years. His name is derived apparently from a play on the words for “fat” and “calf” to refer to his obesity. He allied himself with the Ammonites and Amalekites, as a means of conquering