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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Zalmon:

shady. (1.) One of David's warriors, called the Ahohite (2Sa 23:28); called also Ilai (1Ch 11:29).

(2.) A wood near Shechem, from which Abimelech and his party brought boughs and "put them to the hold" of Shechem, "and set the hold on fire" (Jdg 9:48). Probably the southern peak of Gerizim, now called Jebel Sulman. (See SALMON.)

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Zalmon:

his shade; his image

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Zalmon:

zal'-mon (tsalmon; Selmon, oros Ermon; the King James Version Salmon (Ps 68:14)):

(1) From the slopes of Mt. Zalmon, Abimelech and his followers gathered the wood with which they burned down "the stronghold of the house of El-berith," which may have been the citadel of Shechem (Jud 9:46). The mountain therefore was not far from the city; but no name resembling this has yet been recovered in Mt. Ephraim. It is just possible that in the modern Arabic name of Mt. Ebal, es-Sulemiyeh, there may be an echo of Zalmon. It is precisely to this mountain, especially to the western slopes, that one would expect Abimelech and his people to go for the purpose in view. The name occurs again in Ps 68:14, a passage of admitted difficulty. Snow in Palestine is mainly associated with Mt. Hermon, where it may be seen nearly all the year round; hence, doubtless the Greek reading "Mt. Hermon" in Judges. But snow is well known among the uplands in winter; and the Psalmist may simply have meant that the kings were scattered like snowflakes in the wind on Mt. Zalmon. We need not therefore look to Bashan or elsewhere for the mountain. The locality is fixed by the narrative in Jgs.

(2) One of David's heroes (2Sa 23:28).

Written by W. Ewing

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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Zalmon:

(shady) an Ahohite one of David's guard (2 Samuel 23:28).

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