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A Nabatean city located south of Beer-Sheba that served as a way station for pilgrims visiting Sinai.
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ELUSA (M.R. 117056). A city in the Negeb, some 20 km SW of Beer-sheba.A. IdentificationThe name of the site is preserved in the Arab form el-Khalasa, possibly deriving from the common Nabatean personal name Halsat or Halisu (Elusa in its Greek form). Ptolemy (Geog. 5.16.10) lists it among the cities
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
ELUSA A city in the northwestern part of the central Negev. The modern Arabic name of the site, el-Khalasa, has preserved its ancient Arabic form, which is known to us from the Nessana papyri as al-Khalus. Elusa was the principal city of the central Negev, and is mentioned in many of the ancient sources.
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
ElusaHaluza/Halusa (cf. Jos., Ant. 14.18: Ἄλουσα, Λοῦσα, Λούσσα), el-Khalasa; Jud. 1.9: Χελους; Nabataean/Roman city (polis) in the Negev 20 km southwest of Beersheba (ASI coordinates: 117.056; TIR.IP, s.v.; see map 22, A7). The city (attested in Ptol., Γ. 5.16.10; → Peutinger Map; map of → Madaba),
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ELUSA [Ἔλουσα Elousa]. A city in the Negev located about 20 km (12.4 mi.) southwest of Beersheba (M.R. 117056), Elusa appears to have been one of the earliest road stations founded by the NABATEANS along the trade route from Arabia to Gaza in the 3rd cent. bce. In the 2nd–3rd cent. ce, it became one