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Hebrew: אֵלָה —meaning: terebinth
tree growing in the Valley of Elah. Photo by David Bena (CC).
This is the name of a place and 4 biblical men.
Valley of Elah
also known as: Elah Valley
View of the Valley of Elah (2011) from an ancient fortress city dating to the reign of King David
. It is known as The Elah Fortress (Arabic: Khirbet Qeiyafa
) and is possibly the biblical city of Sha'arayim
, based on the 2 gates discovered on the site. The Elah Fortress “lies just inside a north-south ridge of hills separating Philistia
to the west from Judea
to the east.”
Photo by Yoav Dothan (GFDL).
“The terebinths from which the valley of Elah takes its name still cling to their ancient soil. On the west side of the valley, near Shochoh, there is a very large and ancient tree of this kind known as the ‘terebinth of Wady Sur,’ 55 feet in height, its trunk 17 feet in circumference, and the breadth of its shade no less than 75 feet. It marks the upper end of the Elah valley, and forms a noted object, being one of the largest terebinths in Palestine.” Geikie’s, The Holy Land, etc.