A town in northern Judah two and a half miles inland from the Mediterranean coast. The city is supposed to have been allotted to Judah (Josh 15:47); however, it may never have come fully under Judah’s control. The Ark of the Covenant was brought to the temple of Dagon in Ashdod when it was taken by the Philistines. The city was broken down by King Uzziah (ca. 783–742 BCE) of Judah (2Chr 26:6), and it later fell to Sargon, king of Assyria (Isa 20:1). The evangelist Philip is reported to have passed through the city (then called Azotus) on his missionary travels (Acts 8:40).
47Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Wadi of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coast.
6He went out and made war against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod; he built cities in the territo ... View more
Isaiah Dramatizes the Conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia
1In the year that the commander-in-chief, who was sent by King Sargon of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought ... View more
40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.