(Heb. Silla', סַלָּא, a twig or basket [Gesen.], a highway [Furst]; Sept. Γαάλλα and Γαλαάδ; Vulg. Sela). "The house of Milio which goeth down to Silla" was the scene of the murder of king Joash (2Ki 12:20). Millo seems most probably to have been the citadel of the town. and situated on Mount Zion. Silla must have been in the valley below, overlooked by that part of:the citadel which was used as a residence. The situation of the present so called Pool of Siloam would be appropriate, and the agreement between the two names is tempting (Schwarz, Palest. p. 241); but the likeness exists in the Greek and English versions only, and in the original is too slight to admit of any inference. Gesenius, with less than his usual caution, affirms Silla to be a town in the neighborhood of Jerusalem. Others (as Thenius, in Kurzgef. exeg. Handb. on the passage; Ewald, Gesch. Isr. 3, 70) refer it to a place on or connected with. the causeway or flight of steps (מסַלָּה) which led from the central valley of the city up to the court of the temple. This latter is confirmed by the etymology (from סָלִל, to raise an embankment). SEE JERUSALEM.

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