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Galeed meaning

גלעד
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🔼The name Galeed in the Bible

There's only one Galeed mentioned in the Bible. The name Galeed occurs in Genesis 31:47, where Jacob (not yet named Israel) and his father-in-law Laban cut a covenant of peace and manifest this covenant in the erection of a monument. Jacob takes one stone and sets it vertical like a pillar, and tells his people to gather stones and pile them up. Laban calls the resulting heap Jegar-sahadutha but Jacob calls it Galeed.

"And Laban said, "This גל (heap) is a witness between you and me this day". Therefore it was named Galeed" (Genesis 31:48).

We don't precisely know where Galeed was located but right after meeting Laban, Jacob crossed the Jabbok, which is an eastern tributary of the Jordan, which drains off the mountains of Gilead. The name גלעד (Galeed) is strikingly similar to the name גלעד (Gilead), and Gilead possibly came from Galeed.

🔼Etymology of the name Galeed

The name Galeed consists of two parts. The first part is the word גל (gal), meaning heap, from the verb גלל (galal), meaning to roll:

The second part of the name Galeed is the word עד ('ed), meaning witness, which comes from the verb עוד ('ud), meaning to return or repeat:

🔼Galeed meaning

For a meaning of the name Galeed, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Hill Of Witness. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Heap Of Witness.

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