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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Beth-Hanan, Elon-Beth-Hanan
Elon (1)
Elon (2)
Hebrew - Elon

(ee' lahn) Personal and place name meaning, “great tree” or “tree of god.” Compare Genesis 12:6; 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).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ELON'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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