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[es-drey-ee-lon, -druh-, ez-] /ˌɛs dreɪˈi lɒn, -drə-, ˌɛz-/
a plain in N Israel, extending from the Mediterranean near Mt. Carmel to the Jordan River: scene of ancient battles.
Also called Plain of Jezreel.
Compare Megiddo. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Esdraelon is usually regarded as one plain under one name from sea to Jordan.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • The following morning we passed over the Plain of Esdraelon.

  • The sun was high now, and Esdraelon was exceedingly beautiful between its mountains.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • They had marched far into Esdraelon and the night was falling.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Our review would still be incomplete if we omitted all reference to the Plain of Esdraelon.

  • Did he not tell thee how I rescued him in the tower in Esdraelon that he died not?

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • As a result of its peculiar position and formation, the Plain of Esdraelon is one of the best watered areas in all Palestine.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
  • Here you find a narrow valley letting you out of the Plain of Acra into that of Esdraelon.

  • Getting quit of Chibly we turned out of the plain of Esdraelon, and entered into the precincts of the half-tribe of Manasses.

  • The Kishon is fed by springs from near Tabor and from a copious stream from the west side of the plain of Esdraelon.

British Dictionary definitions for Esdraelon


a plain in N Israel, east of Mount Carmel Also called Plain of Jezreel
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Esdraelon in the Bible

the Greek form of the Hebrew "Jezreel," the name of the great plain (called by the natives Merj Ibn Amer; i.e., "the meadow of the son of Amer") which stretches across Central Palestine from the Jordan to the Mediterraanean, separating the mountain ranges of Carmel and Samaria from those of Galilee, extending about 14 miles from north to south, and 9 miles from east to west. It is drained by "that ancient river" the Kishon, which flows westward to the Mediterranean. From the foot of Mount Tabor it branches out into three valleys, that on the north passing between Tabor and Little Hermon (Judg. 4:14); that on the south between Mount Gilboa and En-gannim (2 Kings 9:27); while the central portion, the "valley of Jezreel" proper, runs into the Jordan valley (which is about 1,000 feet lower than Esdraelon) by Bethshean. Here Gideon gained his great victory over the Midianites (Judg. 7:1-25). Here also Barak defeated Sisera, and Saul's army was defeated by the Philistines, and king Josiah, while fighting in disguise against Necho, king of Egypt, was slain (2 Chr. 35:20-27; 2 Kings 23-29). This plain has been well called the "battle-field of Palestine." "It has been a chosen place for encampment in every contest carried on in this country, from the days of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians, in the history of whose wars with Arphaxad it is mentioned as the Great Plain of Esdraelon, until the disastrous march of Napoleon Bonaparte from Egypt into Syria. Jews, Gentiles, Saracens, Crusaders, Frenchmen, Egyptians, Persians, Druses, Turks, and Arabs, warriors out of every nation which is under heaven, have pitched their tents in the plain, and have beheld the various banners of their nations wet with the dews of Tabor and Hermon" (Dr. Clark).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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