narrow pass or recess, a town ( Joshua 15:33 ) in the low country, the She-phelah of Judah. It was allotted to the tribe of Dan ( Joshua 19:41 ), and was one of their strongholds. Here Samson spent his boyhood, and first began to show his mighty strength; and here he was buried in the burying-place of Manoah his father ( Judges 13:25 ; 16:31 ; Judges 18:2 Judges 18:8 Judges 18:11 Judges 18:12 ). It is identified with the modern Yeshua, on a hill 2 miles east of Zorah. Others, however, identify it with Kustul, east of Kirjath-jearim.
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(a pass ), a town in the low country --the Shefelah --of Judah, after wards allotted to Dan. ( Joshua 15:33 ; 19:41 ) Here Samson spent his boyhood, and hither after his last exploit his body was brought. ( Judges 13:25 ; 16:31 ; Judges 18:2 Judges 18:8 Judges 18:11 Judges 18:12 )
esh'-ta-ol ('eshta'ol; Astaol):
A town in the Shephelah of Judah named next to Zorah (Joshua 15:33; 19:41). Between these two cities lay Mahaneh-dan (the camp of Dan) where the Spirit of the Lord began to move Samson (Judges 13:25), and where he was buried (Judges 16:31). A contingent from Eshtaol formed part of the 600 Danites who captured Laish (Judges 18:2,11).
It is probably represented by the modern Ashu`a, about a mile and a half East of Zorah, the modern Car`ah.
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