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Aijalon


Aij’alon, or Aj’alon (place of gazelles).

1. A city of the Kohathites. Josh. 21:24; 1 Chron. 6:69. It was a Levitical city and a city of refuge. It was originally allotted to the tribe of Dan, Josh. 19:42; Authorized Version, Ajalon, which tribe, however, was unable to dispossess the Amorites of the place. Judg. 1:35. Aijalon was one of the towns fortified by Rehoboam, 2 Chron. 11:10, and the last we hear of it is as being in the hands of the Philistines. 2 Chron. 28:18. Being on the very frontier of the two kingdoms, we can understand how Aijalon should be spoken of sometimes, 1 Chron. 6:69, comp. with 66, as in Ephraim, and sometimes, 2 Chron. 11:10; 1 Sam. 14:31, as in Judah and Benjamin. It is represented by the modern Yalo, a little to the north of the Jaffa road, about 14 miles out of Jerusalem.

2. A broad and beautiful valley near the city of Aijalon over which Joshua commanded the moon to stand still during the pursuit after the battle of Gibeon. Josh. 10:12.

3. A place in Zebulon, mentioned as the burial-place of Elon, one of the Judges. Judg. 12:12.