🔼The name Jabneel in the Bible
There are two cities named Jabneel mentioned in the Bible:
- A city that came to mark the north-western border of the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:11). This Jabneel must have been situated very close to the border with the Philistines, and some scholars believe that this town is the same as the Philistine city called Jabneh in 2 Chronicles 26:6.
- A city that came to mark the (northern?) border of the tribe of Naphtali (Joshua 19:33).
🔼Etymology of the name Jabneel
The first part of our name is an active form of the verb בנה (bana), meaning to build:
For a meaning of the name Jabneel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Built Of God. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Caused To Be Built Of God. And BDB Theological Dictionary has El Causes To Build.