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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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Idumean port at the northern end of the Æ lanitic Gulf, the later Aila. According to the Old Testament, the name of the place is also Elparan. In Deuteronomy 2:8 it is mentioned with Eziongeber (comp. 1 Kings 9:26 2Chronicles 8:17 ). In Solomon's time the city came into the possession of the Israelites, but afterward it was probably taken from them. Later Uzziah reconquered it (IIKings 14:22 2Chronicles 27:2 ), but under Ahaz it was again lost (IIKings 16:6). The old city owed its name to the abundance of palms in the vicinity.

Bibliography : Robinson, Biblical Researches in Palestine , 1:280 Wetzstein, in Delitzsch, Hiob , p. 118 Buhl, Gesch. der Edomiten , p. 38.E. G. H. F. Bu.

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

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