fat; i.e., "fertile", (Ezek. 27: 18 only), a place whence wine was brought to the great market of Tyre. It has been usually identified with the modern Aleppo, called Haleb by the native Arabs, but is more probably to be found in one of the villages in the Wady Helbon, which is celebrated for its grapes, on the east slope of Anti-Lebanon, north of the river Barada (Abana).
Among the most highly prized was the wine of Khilbun or helbon, which is mentioned in Ezek.
Wheat of Minni and Pannag, honey, oil and balm; wine of helbon and white wool.
This wine was made from a very fine growth of grapes, at a place in the Lebanon not far from Damascus, named helbon.
Damascus is thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making, in the wine of helbon, and white wool.
The inner substance is sweeter than the honeycomb, and white as the wool of helbon, interspersed with all manner of nuts.