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One of the five cities belonging to the Philistines (Joshua 13:3 ), situated in the maritime plain. It is mentioned in connection with the Ark in 1Samuel 5:10 , 6:1-8 . Ekron was noted for its sanctuary of Baal-zebub (IIKings 1:2,3, 6,16). In later days it is merely named with the other cities of the Philistines in the denunciations of the Prophets (Jeremiah 25:20 Amos 1:8 Zephaniah 2:4 Zechariah 9:5 ). In the Apocrypha it appears as "Accaron" (I Macc. 10:89), and was bestowed with its borders by Alexander Balas on Jonathan Maccabeus as a reward for his services. Eusebius ("Onomasticon," ed. Lagarde, p. 218) describes Accaron as a large Jewish village between Ashdod and Jabneh. According to Jerome, Turris Stratonis (Cæ sarea) was identified by some with Accaron.

E. G. H. B. P.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Ekron'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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