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GILOH (gī'lō). Home of Ahithophel, one of David’s counselors who rebelled with Absalom (2Sam.15.12); also a town of Judah (Josh.15.51).

GILOH gī’ lō (גִּלֹ֑ה; rejoicing). A city in the mountains of southern Judah (Josh 15:51). It was the home of David’s counselor, Ahithophel (2 Sam 15:12; 23:34 RSV GILO). It is generally identified with modern Khirbet Jala, a few m. NNW of Hebron. On the derivation of the name, see S. R. Driver, Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Samuel, 2nd ed. (1913), 312.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A town in the hill country of Judah mentioned along with Jattir, Socoh, Debir, Eshtemoa, etc. (Jos 15:51). Ahithophel came from here (2Sa 15:12) and is called the Gilonite (2Sa 23:34). Driver infers from this last that the original form was Gilon, not Giloh. Probably the ruins Kb. Jala, in the hills 3 miles Northwest of Hulhul, mark the site (PEF, III, 313, Sh XXI).