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Eshtaol
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A city bordering the territories assigned to the tribes of Judah and Dan (Josh 15:33). It was near, and is always mentioned alongside, Zorah (Josh 19:41). Mahaneh-dan, where the Spirit of Yahweh first moved Samson (Judg 13:25), was between these two cities. Samson was buried in this area as well (Judg 16:31).Men from Eshtaol were among the 600 Danites who captured Laish (Judg 18:2, 11).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Eshtaol
Eshtaol (אֶשְׁתָּאֹל‎, eshta'ol). A city bordering the territories assigned to the tribes of Judah and Dan (Josh 15:33). It was near, and is always mentioned alongside, Zorah (Josh 19:41). Mahaneh-dan, where the Spirit of Yahweh first moved Samson (Judg 13:25), was between these two cities. Samson was
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Eshtaol (Place)
ESHTAOL (PLACE) [Heb ʾeštāʾôl (אֶשְׁתָּאֹול)]. ESHTAOLITE. A town in the E part of the territory of Dan (Josh 19:41). Along with Zorah, Eshtaol comprised the core area of Danite settlement in the Judean foothills. It is this area which forms the backdrop for the activities of Samson (Judg 13:25),
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Eshtaol
Eshtaol. Lowland town on the border between Judah and Dan (Jos 15:33; 19:41), always mentioned along with nearby Zorah. In this area the young Samson began to be moved by the Spirit of the Lord (Jgs 13:25), and here he was later buried (Jgs 16:31). Dan’s tribe sent out five brave men from Zorah and Eshtaol
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Eshtaol
Eshtaol eshʹtä-ol [Heb. ʾeštāʾôl]. A town of the Danites located in the Shephelah of Judah, always referred to in connection with Zorah (Josh. 15:33; 19:41; Jgs. 13:25; 16:31; 18:2, 8, 11; 1 Ch. 2:53). Between Eshtaol and Zorah the Danites established their camp where the Spirit of the Lord began
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eshtaol
ESHTAOL Lowland town on the border between Judah and Dan (Jos 15:33; 19:41), always mentioned along with nearby Zorah. In this area the young Samson began to be moved by the Spirit of the Lord (Jgs 13:25), and here he was later buried (16:31). Dan’s tribe sent out five brave men from Zorah and Eshtaol
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Eshtaol
Eshtaol (esh´tay-uhl), a city in the lowlands of Judah counted as belonging to both Judah and Dan (Josh. 15:33; 19:41). It was originally occupied by Danites (Judg. 13:25; 18:2–11) and then later occupied by Judahites when the Danites were forced to move to the north (Judg. 18:11). Evidence of this is
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eshtaol
ESHTAOL, ESHTAOLITES. One of the 14 cities occupying the foothills or Shephelah of Judah (Josh 15:33). Josh 19:41 names Eshtaol and Zorah as part of the inheritance of Dan. The fact that both Judah and Dan had claims at Eshtaol may have been one of the contributing factors in the Danites’ feeling crowded
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eshtaolites
ESHTAOL, ESHTAOLITES (’eštā’ōl, from the verb šā’al, ‘to ask’). A lowland city, W of Jerusalem, tentatively identified with the modern Eshwa‘, it was included in the territory of both Judah (Jos. 15:33) and Dan (Jos. 19:41), an anomaly which is partially explained by the fluidity of the border,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eshtaol
Eshtaol (Heb. ʾeštāʾôl)One of the lowland cities of Judah (Josh. 15:33). It is believed that Eshtaol was located just SW of Jerusalem in the Shephelah (Judg. 13:25), in the territory of Dan (Josh. 19:41). The site has been identified as Khirbet Deir Shubeib (148134) ca. 2.5 km. (1.5 mi.) E of Zorah
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Eshtaol
Eshtaol [ĕshˊtĭ əl] (Heb. ˒eštā˒ôl). A town in the lowlands of Judah (Josh. 15:33), assigned first to Dan (19:40–41); apparently later, when the Danites were unable to retain their settlements in the area, the town was claimed by Judah (15:33). It was in the vicinity of Zorah and Eshtaol that
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Eshtaol; Estaol
ESHTAOL; ESTAOL A town in the Plain, mentioned together with Zoreah and Ashnah in the territory of Judah (Josh. 15:33). In Joshua (19:41) it is listed together with Zorah and Ir-Shemesh in the territory of Dan (cf. also Judg. 13:25), but later the Danites went out from Eshtaol to look for better lands
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Eshtaol
Esh´taol (a pass), a town in the low country—the Shefelah—of Judah, afterwards allotted to Dan. Josh. 15:33; 19:41. Here Samson spent his boyhood, and hither after his last exploit his body was brought. Judges 13:25; 16:31; 18:2, 8, 11, 12.
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