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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ek´ron, the chief of the five Philistine states (), and the northernmost of the five. In the general distribution of territory (unconquered as well as conquered) Ekron was assigned to Judah, as being upon its border (;; ): but was afterwards apparently given to Dan although conquered by Judah (;;; ). In Scripture Ekron is chiefly remarkable from the ark having been sent home from thence, upon a new cart drawn by two milch kine (; ). In later days it is named with the other cities of the Philistines in the denunciations of the prophets against that people (;;; ). The name of Ekron, or rather Accaron, occurs incidentally in the histories of the Crusades; and it has lately been recognized by Dr. Robinson in that of Akri, in a situation corresponding to all we know of Ekron. Akri is a small Muslim village, five miles south of Ramleh. It is built of unburnt bricks, and, as there are no apparent ruins, the ancient town was probably of the same materials. It is alleged, however, that cisterns and the stones of hand-mills are often found at Akri and in the adjacent fields.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Ekron'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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