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The place where, according to 1 Maccabees 9:5, Judas Maccabeus died during his last fight with the army of Bacchides (160 bc). The precise location of Elasa is debated; it could be identified as Khirbet Ilʿasa or Khirbet el-ʿAšši.
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ELASA (PLACE) [Gk Elasa(Ἐλασα)]. The site of Judas Maccabeus’ last stand against the army of Bacchides in the year 160 b.c.e. (1 Macc 9:5). The major proposals for identifying the site have located it either at Khirbet Ilʿasa (Loewenstamm EncMiqr 1: 371–72), which lies between Upper and Lower Beth-horon,
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Elasa (Gk. Elasa)The site where Judas Maccabeus pitched his camp before the battle against Bacchides in 161 b.c.e. (1 Macc. 9:5). Although most of Judas’ 3000 troops deserted when confronted by the much larger Syrian forces (outnumbered more than seven to one), Judas succeeded in defeating the opponent’s
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Elasa el’uh-suh (Ελασα, from Heb. אֶלְעָשָׂה H543, “God has made”; see Elasah). KJV Eleasa. The place where Judas Maccabee lay encamped when Bacchides advanced upon him in 160 B.C. (1 Macc. 9:5). In the ensuing battle, Judas was killed. The site has often been identified with Khirbet Ilʿasa, near Beth
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