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Terebinth

The word ’ēlâ really denotes a strong, hardy tree. It is presumed that the Israelites sacrified to idols under terebinth trees because “the shadow thereof is good,” since it provided concealment. This long-lived tree is the Pistacia terebinthus palaestina. It is common enough in Pal. growing to a height of thirty-five ft. In the dark valley of Elah, David slew Goliath—perhaps this is the reason Goliath did not easily see the slung stone. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) ter’-e-binth: (2) ’elim (Isa 1:29, "oaks," margin "terebinths"). (3) ’allah (Jos 24:26, [[English Versions]] of the Bible have "oak," but the Septuagint terebinthos). (5) In Ge 14:6 Septuagint has terebinthos, as the translation of the el of El-paran. (6) In Ecclesiasticus 24:16 terem (b)inthos, the King James Version turpentine tree," the Revised Version (British and American) "terebinth." It is clear that the translators are uncertain which translation is correct, and it would seem not im