Eltekeh

ELTEKEH (ĕl'tē-kē). A city in the territory given to Dan, on its southern border with Judah (Josh.19.44). With its pasturelands it was given to the Kohathite Levites (Josh.21.23). Probably Khirbet el-Muqenna, east of Ekron.


ELTEKE, ELTEKEH ĕl’ tə kə (ֶלְתְּקֵ֥ה, אֶלְתְּקֵ֖א). A town in the territory of Dan (Josh 19:44). It was assigned to the Kohathite Levites (21:23). The Assyrian king Sennacherib destroyed the town in 701 b.c. on his way to Timnah and Ekron. In its environs, the decisive battle between the Assyrians and Egyptians was fought (2 Kings 18:13ff.; 19:8ff.). On this occasion it is probable that the forces defeated by Sennacherib consisted of Jews along with Ekronites and Egyptians. A natural place for these allies to meet and take their stand would have been on the high road between Ekron and Jerusalem. The site is prob. Khirbet el-Muqenna’, about six m. SE of Ekron and seven m. NW of Timnah.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

el’-te-ke, (’elteqeh Jos 19:44, ’elteqe’ ( Jos 21:23); Codex Vaticanus Alkatha; Codex Alexandrinus, Elketho):

A place in the territory of Da named between Ekron and Gibbethon (Jos 19:44), and again between Beth-horon and Gibbethon, as given to the Kohathite Levites (Jos 21:23). It is probably identical with the Assyrian Altaqu, where Sennacherib (Hexagon prism inscrip.) claims to have defeated the allied armies of the Philistines and the Egyptians. It should probably be sought somewhere East of Ekron. Beit Likia, the place marked Eltekeh on the PEF map, seems a position for such an encounter.

It is about 2 1/2 miles Southwest of Beth-horon the Upper.