Eloth (Ee´loth; Heb., “a grove of large trees,” usually the terebinth or palm)

Another name for Elath, an important port city located at the end of the northeast arm of the Red Sea, the modern Gulf of Aqabah. The site was passed by the Israelites as they left Egypt (Deut 2:8) and later expanded by Solomon into a trading port (1Kgs 9:26-28). It was apparently destroyed by Edom (2Kgs 8:20-21), later rebuilt by Uzziah (2Chr 26:2), and lost permanently to Edom (or Syria?) during the reign of Ahaz (2Kgs 16:6). Eloth/Elath may be a later name for Ezion-geber, or they may be two distinct sites.

Deut 2:8

8So we passed by our kin, the descendants of Esau who live in Seir, leaving behind the route of the Arabah, and leaving behind Elath and Ezion-geber.
When we ha ... View more

1Kgs 9:26-28

Solomon's Commercial Activity
26King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.27Hiram ... View more

2Kgs 8:20-21

20In his days Edom revolted against the rule of Judah, and set up a king of their own.21Then Joram crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. He set out by nig ... View more

2Chr 26:2

2He rebuilt Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his ancestors.

2Kgs 16:6

6At that time the king of Edom recovered Elath for Edom, and drove the Judeans from Elath; and the Edomites came to Elath, where they live to this day.

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