Chel'lus (Χελλούς v. r. Χελούς, Vulg. omits), named among the places beyond (i.e. on the west of) Jordan to which Nabuchodonosor sent his summons (Judith 1:9). Except its mention with "Kades" there is no clew to its situation; this, however, would seem to locate it near Kadesh-barnea. Hence Reland (Palaest. p. 717) conjectures that it may be Chaluza (חִלוּצָה), a place which, under the altered form of ELUSA SEE ELUSA

(q.v.), was well known to the Roman and Greek geographers. With this agrees the subsequent mention of the "land of the Chellians" (ἡ Χελλαίων, Vulg. terra Cellon), "by the wilderness," to the south of whom were the children of Ishmael (Judith 2:23). Movers (Zeitschr. f. Philos. 1835, p. 36) supposes it to be the same as HALHUL (Jos 15:58), and that Betane, mentioned with it, is the same as Beth-anoth (Jos 15:59).

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