terebinth or oak. (1.) Valley of, where the Israelites were encamped when David killed Goliath (1 Sam. 17:2, 19). It was near Shochoh of Judah and Azekah (17:1). It is the modern Wady es-Sunt, i.e., "valley of the acacia." "The terebinths from which the valley of Elah takes its name still cling to their ancient soil. On the west side of the valley, near Shochoh, there is a very large and ancient tree of this kind known as the 'terebinth of Wady Sur,' 55 feet in height, its trunk 17 feet in circumference, and the breadth of its shade no less than 75 feet. It marks the upper end of the Elah valley, and forms a noted object, being one of the largest terebinths in Palestine." Geikie's, The Holy Land, etc. (2.) One of the Edomite chiefs or "dukes" of Mount Seir (Gen. 36:41). (3.) The second of the three sons of Caleb, the son of Jephunneh (1 Chr. 4:15). (4.) The son and successor of Baasha, king of Israel (1 Kings 16:8-10). He was killed while drunk by Zimri, one of the captains of his chariots, and was the last king of the line of Baasha. Thus was fullfilled the prophecy of Jehu (6, 7, 11-14). (5.) The father of Hoshea, the last king of Israel (2 Kings 15:30; 17:1).
Against this army Saul arrayed his force, and the two armies fronted each other on opposite sides of the valley of elah.
Baasha "slept with his fathers," and his son elah succeeded him.
Achish would not have dared to call David by such a name in the valley of elah!
This is said to be the valley of elah, where David slew the Philistine.
Ascending again, we came down into the valley of elah, where David slew Goliath.
In our way we passed along one side of the valley of elah, where David slew the giant, that defier of the army of Israel.
And Baasha died, and was buried in Tirzah; and elah his son reigned in his stead.
But let us turn our thoughts to the deeply interesting scenes in the valley of elah.
elah seems to have been an incapable drunkard, and reigned in Tirzah for less than two years.
The brief reign of elah preserves an important entract in xvi.