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GALEED (‘cairn of witness’). The name which, according to Genesis 31:47 , was given by Jacob to the cairn erected on the occasion of the compact between him and Laban. There is evidently a characteristic attempt also to account in this way for the name Gilead . The respective proceedings of Jacob and of Laban are uncertain, for the narrative is not only of composite origin, but has suffered through the introduction of glosses into the text. It is pretty certain that we should read ‘Laban’ instead of ‘Jacob’ in Genesis 31:45 . The LXX [Note: Septuagint.] seeks unsuccessfully to reduce the narrative to order by means of transpositions.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Galeed'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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