narrow pass or recess, a town (Josh. 15:33) in the low country, the She-phelah of Judah. It was allotted to the tribe of Dan (Josh. 19:41), and was one of their strongholds. Here Samson spent his boyhood, and first began to show his mighty strength; and here he was buried in the burying-place of Manoah his father (Judg. 13:25; 16:31; 18:2, 8, 11, 12). It is identified with the modern Yeshua, on a hill 2 miles east of Zorah. Others, however, identify it with Kustul, east of Kirjath-jearim.
The Danite spies returned to their people at Zorah and eshtaol, and made their report.
eshtaol and Zorah were of note in the history of Samson, but in his time they were Danite settlements.
Two or three miles to the northeast, where the valley broadens, lay the other important southern Danite town of eshtaol.
Same evening we came to Doulis, which we take to be eshtaol, where Samson was born.