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Gibbethon meaning

גבתון
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🔼The name Gibbethon in the Bible

There's only one town named Gibbethon in the Bible. This city was assigned to the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:44) and the Danites gave it to the Kohathite Levites (Joshua 21:23).

Somehow the Philistines took control over Gibbethon, and when Nadab, son of Jeroboam, had been king of Israel for about a year, he decided to fight the Philistines over it. At the battle of Gibbethon, Baasha son of Ahijah killed Nadab and continued to also kill all other members of Jeroboam's family and made himself king (1 Kings 15:27).

A quarter of a century later, Israel again camped against the Philistines of Gibbethon when Zimri killed king Elah, the son of Baasha and usurped the throne (1 Kings 16:15).

🔼Etymology of the name Gibbethon

There are several ways to go about the etymology of the name Gibbethon, but it's clear it comes from the following root cluster:

The familiar waw-nun combination upon which our name ends localizes or personifies the root: place of גבב.

🔼Gibbethon meaning

For a meaning of the name Gibbethon, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Mound. BDB Theological Dictionary lists Gibbethon under the root גבב and translates it with Mound, Height.

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) takes Gibbethon from גבה and translates it as A Lofty Place.

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