Ho'lon (Heb. Cholon', חֹלוֹן or חֹלֹן, sandy), the name of one or two places.

1. (Sept. ᾿Ηλών, ᾿Ωλών, etc.; Vulg. Holon, Olon.) A city in the mountains of Judah (Jos 15:51, where it is mentioned between Goshen and Giloh); assigned to the Levites (Jos 21:15, where it is mentioned between Eshtemoa and Debir); in the parallel passage (1Ch 6:58) it is written HILEN (Heb. Chiet', חַילֵן; Sept. Νηλών, but transposes with Jether; Vulg. Helon). De Saulcy is inclined to identify it with the village Nuhhalin, on the hills (Dead Sea, 1, 453, 454) west of Bethlehem, or, according to Dr. Robinson (new ed. of Researches, 3, 284), at the bottom of wady el-Musurr, on its southern side; but this is not in the same group of towns with the others, which all lie in the south-west part of the mountain district (Keil, Comment. ad loc.). The position seems rather to correspond to that of Beit Amreh, a large ruined village on a hill near wady el-Khulil, northwest of Juttah, on the road to Hebron (Robinson, Researches, 2, 629 and note).

2. (Sept. Χελών,Vulg. Helon.) A city of Moab (Jer 48:21). It was one of the towns of the Mishor, the level downs (A.V. "plain country") east of Jordan, and is named with Jahazah, Dibon, and other known places; but no identification of it has yet taken place, nor does it appear in the parallel lists of Numbers 32 and Joshua 13. Smith. Perhaps it is the same as HORONAIM SEE HORONAIM (q.v.)

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