🔼The name Holon in the Bible
There are two towns named Holon in the Bible:
- A city in the territory of Judah, close to Debir, which was given to the sons of Aaron (Joshua 15:51 and Joshua 21:15; both times spelled חלן), and which is probably the same as the city named Hilen, also in Judah, also close to Debir and also given to the priests of Israel (1 Chronicles 6:58).
- A city of Moab, mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah in a long discourse on the gloomy fate Moab (Jeremiah 48:21, spelled חלון).
🔼Etymology of the name Holon
The name Holon comes either from the masculine noun חול (hol), meaning sand, from the verb חול I (hul I), meaning to writhe or whirl, or it comes from the common noun חיל (hayil), meaning might, from the verb חול II (hul II), meaning to endure or be strong:
The waw-nun couple upon which our name ends is a common way to localize or personify a root idea. The name Holon would thus mean Sandy Place and Mighty Place.
For a meaning of the name Holon, NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to go with the noun חיל (hayil), meaning might and reads Strong Place. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees more in the noun חול (hol), meaning sand and proposes Sandy. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but does list it under the root-verb חול I (hul I), which would favor the interpretation of Alfred Jones.