millo

millo (Mil´loh; Heb., “earthen fill”)

A type of construction in which a building, a section of a city, or an entire site was elevated on an artificial platform of earth held in place by one or more walls. The earthen platform is the millo and the structure built on the platform is the “house of the millo” (Judg 9:6; Judg 9:20). After his capture of Jerusalem David rebuilt the interior of the city “from the Millo inward” (2Sam 5:9). The Jerusalem millo and the walls associated with it required frequent maintenance. Repairs by Solomon (1Kgs 9:15, 1Kgs 9:24, 1Kgs 11:27) and by Hezekiah (2Chr 32:5) are recorded. King Joash was assassinated in one of the structures built on the Jerusalem millo (2Kgs 12:20).

Judg 9:6

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