Allon

Al'lon (Hebrew Allon', אִלּוֹן, oak, as often), the name of a place and of a man. SEE ALLON-BACHUTH; SEE OAK.

1. A town on the border of Naphtali, according to the Auth. Vers., between Heleph and Zaanannim (Jos 19:33); but perhaps rather designating only some remarkable tree as a landmark near the latter place (מֵאִלּוֹן בּצִעֲנִנִּים [v. r. מֵאֵלוֹן] וִיהִי גבוּלָם מֵחֶלֶŠ , and their border ran from Cheleph, thence from the oak that is by Zaanannim; Vulg. et coepit terminus de Heleph, et Elon in Saanim; Sept. καὶ ἐγενήθη τὰ ὅρια αὐτῶν Μεέλεφ καὶ Μαηλὼν καὶ Σεεννανίμ), q. d. Allon- Zaanaim, i e. "the oak of Zaanaim" (since the enumeration in ver. 38 requires the union of these names as of one place), or "the oak of the loading of tents," as if deriving its name from some nomad tribe frequenting the spot (Stanley, Palest. p. 340 note). See ZAANAIM. Such a tribe were the Kenites, and in connection with them the place is again named in Jg 4:11, with the additional definition of "by Kedesh (Naphtali"). Here, however, the Auth. Vers. following the Vulgate, renders the words "the plain of Zaanaim." In Jos 19:33, אִלּוֹן, Allon, is the reading of V. d. Hooght, and of Walton's Polyglott; but most MSS. have אֵלוֹן, Elon (Davidson's Hebr. Text, p. 46). In Jg 4:11, the Targum Jonathan renders "the plain of the swamp" (see Schwarz, Palest. p. 181). This is Ewald's explanation also (Gesch. Isr. 2, 492 note). For other interpretations, see Furst (Heb. Handw. p. 91). In Ge 35:8, the Sam. Version, according to its customary rendering of Allon, has משור בכיתה, "the plain of Bakith." See more fully under ELON.

2. (Sept. Α᾿λλών v. r. Α᾿λών.) The son of Jedaiah and father of Shiphi, chief Simeonites, of the family of those who expelled the Hamites from the valley of Gedor (1Ch 4:37). B.C. apparently considerably ante 711.

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