Ashdod: Stronghold, a Philistine city
(Joshua 15:47) about midway between Gaza and
Joppa, and 3 miles from the Mediterranean. It was one of the chief seats
of the worship of Dagon
(1 Samuel 5:5) It belonged to the tribe of Judah
(Joshua 15:47) but it never came into their actual possession. It was
an important city, as it stood on the highroad from Egypt to Palestine,
and hence was strongly fortified
(2 Chronicles 26:6; Isaiah 20:1) Uzziah took it,
but fifty years after his death it was taken by the Assyrians (B.C.
758) According to Sargon's record, it was captured by him in B.C. 711)
The only reference to it in the New Testament, where it is called
Azotus, is in the account of Philip's return from Gaza
(Acts 8:40) It
is now called Eshdud.