Eshtaol (Esh´tay-uhl)

A city in the lowlands of Judah counted as belonging to both Judah and Dan (Josh 15:33; Josh 19:41). It was probably originally occupied by Danites (Judg 13:25; Judg 18:2-11) and then later occupied by Judah when the Danites were forced to move to the north (Judg 18:11). Evidence of this is seen in 1Chr 2:53, where Eshtaolites are regarded as descendants of Judah. It is also possible that the camp of Dan at Kiriath-jearim (Judg 18:12) led to a mixing of the two tribes in this region. Eshtaol is tentatively located near modern Ishwa, about fourteen miles west of Jerusalem and about six miles slightly southwest of Kiriath-jearim.

Josh 15:33

33And in the Lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

Josh 19:41

41The territory of its inheritance included Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir-shemesh,

Judg 13:25

25The spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judg 18:2-11

2So the Danites sent five valiant men from the whole number of their clan, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it; and they said to ... View more

Judg 18:11

11Six hundred men of the Danite clan, armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol,

1Chr 2:53

53And the families of Kiriath-jearim: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; from these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

Judg 18:12

12and went up and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. On this account that place is called Mahaneh-dan to this day; it is west of Kiriath-jearim.

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