(ee' lahn) Personal and place name meaning, “great tree” or “tree of god.” Compare
Judges 9:6,Judges 9:37. See Terebinth. 1. A son of Zebulun and grandson of Jacob (Genesis 46:14). A clan in Zebulun was thus named for him (Numbers 26:26). 2. A judge from the tribe of Zebulun (Judges 12:11-12). City in tribal territory of Naphtali (Joshua 19:33), often transliterated into English as Allon. See Allon. The reference may simply be to a large tree which served as a boundary marker. 4. The site where Deborah, Rebecca's nurse, was buried, called, “Allon-bachuth” or “the oak of weeping” (Genesis 35:8). See Allonbachuth. The same point may be referred to as the “oak of Tabor” (1 Samuel 10:3) or the “palm tree of Deborah” (Judges 4:5). See Bochim. 5. A leader in the tribe of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:37).
A different Hebrew spelling underlies other examples of Elon in English translations. 1. The Hittite father of Esau's wife Bashemath (Genesis 26:34). 2. The Hittite father of Adah, Esau's wife (Genesis 36:2), Bashemath being listed as Ishmael's daughter (Genesis 36:3). See Basemath. 3. City in tribal territory of Dan (Joshua 19:43). It may be located at khirbet wadi Alin. It is probably the same place as Elon-beth-hanan (1 Kings 4:9), though some read Ajalon and Bethhanan or “Elon, and Beth-hanan” (REB).