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KESIL (kē’sĭl, kěs'ĭl). A town in southern Judah, near Hormah and Ziklag (Josh.15.30). Its place in the lists is taken by Bethul in Josh.19.4 and by Bethuel in 1Chr.4.30.

CHESIL ke’ səl (כְּסִ֖יל). A town listed among the holdings of the tribe of Judah (Josh 15:30). This section of the Judahite city-list is given as an enclave of the tribe of Simeon within Judah (Josh 19:1-9; 1 Chron 4:28-32). In the former the name appears as Bethul, in the latter as Bethuel. On the basis of the parallelism, the names possibly represent the same place. B gives βαιθηλ in Joshua 15:30. Simons (GTT § 321) identifies it with Khirbetel Qarjetein, five m. N of Tell ’Arād.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ke’-sil, kes’-il (kecil; A, Chaseir): A town in the extreme South of Judah named with Eltolad, Hormah and Ziklag (Jos 15:30). The name does not occur again. In Jos 19:4 it is replaced by Bethul (Septuagint Baithel), and in 1Ch 4:30 by Bethuel. "Chesil" may have arisen from a misreading of the text.


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