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Bible Cities: Aijalon
Aijalon was a city west of Jerusalem and below the hills, in the low lands. It was part of the tribe of Dan.

Map of Ancient Aijalon


Aijalon in Easton's Bible Dictionary and Aij'alon, place of deer. (1.) A town and valley originally assigned to the tribe of Dan, from which, however, they could not drive the Amorites (Judg. 1:35). It was one of the Levitical cities given to the Kohathites (1 Chr. 6:69). It was not far from Beth-shemesh (2 Chr. 28:18). It was the boundary between the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, and is frequently mentioned in Jewish history (2 Chr. 11:10; 1 Sam. 14:31; 1 Chr. 8:13). With reference to the valley named after the town, Joshua uttered the celebrated command, "Sun, stand thou still on Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon" (Josh. 10:12). It has been identified as the modern Yalo, at the foot of the Beth-horon pass (q.v.). In the Tell Amarna letters Adoni-zedek (q.v.) speaks of the destruction of the "city of Ajalon" by the invaders, and describes himself as "afflicted, greatly afflicted" by the calamities that had come on the land, urging the king of Egypt to hasten to his help. (2.) A city in the tribe of Zebulun (Judg. 12:12), the modern Jalun, three miles north of Cabul.

Aijalon in Fausset's Bible Dictionary (AIJALON or AJALON, "a place of gazelles" (Joshua 19:42; Joshua 21:24). 1. Originally of Dan; which tribe, however, could not dispossess the Amorites (Judges 1:35). Assigned to the Levite Kohathites, among the 48 Levitical cities (1 Chronicles 6:69). Fortified by Rehoboam of Judah, in his war with Israel, the northern kingdom, though sometimes, as being a border city, mentioned as in Ephraim (2 Chronicles 11:10; 2 Chronicles 28:18). Taken by the Philistines from the weak Ahaz (1 Chronicles 6:66; 1 Chronicles 6:69). Now Yalo, N. of the Jaffa road, 14 miles from Jerusalem, on the hill side, bounding on the S. the valley Merj-ibn-Omeir. Alluded to in the memorable apostrophe of Joshua, "Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou moon in the valley of Ajalon" (Joshua 10:12). 2. The burial place of the judge (Judges 12:12) Elon in Zebulun.

Aijalon in Hitchcock's Bible Names a chain; strength; a stag

Aijalon in Naves Topical Bible 1. A city of Dan, Jos 19:42. Assigned to the Levites. A city of refuge Jos 21:24; 1Sa 14:31; 1Ch 6:69. Amorites of, not exterminated Jud 1:35. 2. A city of Zebulun Jud 12:12. 3. A city of Judah 2Ch 28:18; 11:10. 4. A valley Jos 10:12

Aijalon in Smiths Bible Dictionary (place of gazelles). 1. A city of the Kohathites. Jos 21:24; 1Ch 6:69 It was a Levitical city and a city of refuge. It was originally allotted to the tribe of Dan, Jos 19:42 Authorized Version, AJALON, which tribe, however, was unable to dispossess the Amorites of the place. Jud 1:35 Aijalon was one of the towns fortified by Reheboam, 2Ch 11:10 and the last we hear of it is being in the hands of the Philistines. 2Ch 28:18 Being on the very frontier of the two kingdoms, we can understand how Aijalon should be spoken of sometimes, 1Ch 6:69 comp. with 1Chr 6:66. as in Ephraim and sometimes, 2Ch 11:10; 1Sa 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. Jos 10:12 3. A place in Zebulon, mentioned as the burial-place of Elon, one of the Judges. Jud 12:12

Aijalon in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE a'-ja-lon ('ayyalon, "deerplace"; the King James Version, Ajalon (Josh 10:12)): (1) The name of a town allotted to the tribe of Dan (Josh 19:42), which was also designated a Levitical city (Josh 21:24), which fell to the Sons of Kohath (1 Ch 6:69). The first mention of Aijalon is in the narrative of Joshua's defeat of the five Amorite kings: "thou, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon" (Josh 10:12). The Danites failed to take it from the Amorites (Jdg 1:35), although the men of Ephraim held it in vassalage. Here Saul and Jonathan won a great victory over the Philistines (1 Sam 14:31). At one time it was held by the tribe of Benjamin (1 Ch 8:13). Rehoboam fortified it against the kingdom of Israel (2 Ch 11:10). In the days of King Ahaz it was captured by the Philistines (2 Ch 28:18). It has been identified with the modern Yalo; its antiquity goes back to Tell el-Amarna Letters, in which it has mention. It Is situated Northwest of Jerusalem in a valley of the same name, which leads down from the mountains to the sea. (2) A town in the tribe of Zebulun, site unknown, where Elon the judge was buried (Jdg 12:12).

Aijalon Scripture - 1 Chronicles 6:69 And Aijalon with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs:

Aijalon Scripture - 1 Chronicles 8:13 Beriah also, and Shema, who [were] heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath:

Aijalon Scripture - 1 Samuel 14:31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

Aijalon Scripture - 2 Chronicles 11:10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which [are] in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.

Aijalon Scripture - Joshua 21:24 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon with her suburbs; four cities.

Aijalon Scripture - Judges 12:12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.

Aijalon Scripture - Judges 1:35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.

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