Ekron

“Firm-rooted, the most northerly of the five towns belonging to” “the lords of the Philistines, about 11 miles north of Gath. It” “was assigned to Judah (Josh. 13:3), and afterwards to Dan” “(19:43), but came again into the full possession of the” Philistines (1 Sam. 5:10). It was the last place to which the Philistines carried the ark before they sent it back to Israel (1 Sam. 5:10; 6:1-8). There was here a noted sanctuary of “Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1: 2, 3, 6, 16). Now the small village Akir.” “It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 702, when Sennacherib set” “free its king, imprisoned by Hezekiah in Jerusalem, according to” the Assyrian record.

Definition of Ekron: “barrenness; torn away”

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