See also:Philistines commonly identified with the
See also:modern Syrian
See also:village of `Akir, 5 M. from Ramleh, on the
See also:southern slope of a low
See also:ridge separating the plain of Philistia from
See also:Sharon . It
See also:lay inland and off the
See also:line of
See also:traffic . Though included by the Israelites within the limits of the tribe of
See also:Judah, and mentioned in
See also:Judges xix. as one of the cities of
See also:Dan, it was in
See also:Philistine possession in the days of
See also:Samuel, and apparently maintained its independence . According to the narrative of the
See also:Hebrew text, here differing from the Greek text and
See also:Josephus (which read Askelon), it was the last
See also:town to which the
See also:ark was transferred before its restoration to the Israelites . Its
See also:maintenance of a sanctuary of
See also:Baal Zebub is mentioned in 2
See also:Kings i . From
See also:Assyrian inscriptions it has been gathered that Padi,
See also:king of Ekron, was for a
See also:time the vassal of Hezekiah of Judah, but regained his independence when the latter was hard pressed by Sennacherib . A
See also:notice of its
See also:history in 147 B.C. is found in 1 Macc. x . 89; after the fall of Jerusalem A.D . 70 it was settled by Jews . At the time of the
See also:crusades it was still a large village . Recently a Jewish agricultural colony has been settled there . The houses are built of mud, and in the
See also:absence of visible remains of antiquity, the
See also:identification of the site is questionable .
The neighbourhood is fertile . (R . A . S .
KONRAD EKHOF (1720-1778)
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