Smith's Bible Dictionary


Eg'lon. (calf-like).

1. A king of the Moabites, Jdg 3:12, ff., who, aided by the Ammonites and the Amelekites, crossed the Joran and took "the city of palm trees." (B.C. 1359). Here, according to Josephus, he built himself a palace, and continued, for eighteen years, to oppress the children of Israel, who paid him tribute. He was slain by Ehud.

2. A town of Judah, in the low country. Jos 15:39. The name survives in the modern Ajlan, a shapeless mass of ruins, about 10 miles from Eleutheropolis and 14 from Gaza, on the south of the great maritime plain.


Taken from: Smith's Bible Dictionary by Dr. William Smith (1884)