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Giloh was a city in Judah.[1][2] The biblical town has been identified with Beit Jala.

Ahitophel, one of King David's chief advisors, came from Giloh (Joshua 15:51; cf. 2 Samuel 15:12). Ahitophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba, "a daughter of Eliam", one of David's "thirty" (2 Samuel 23:34; cf. 1 Chronicles 3:5).


  1. ^ Peter J. Leithart, A Son to Me: An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel, p.217, Canon Press (2003)
  2. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia. The Haggadah states that Ahithophel, who was the grandfather of Bath-sheba (Sanh. 69b), was misled by his knowledge of astrology into believing himself destined to become king of Israel. He therefore induced Absalom to commit an unpardonable crime (II Sam. xvi. 21)..."