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Jabesh, Jabesh-Gilead

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JABESH, JABESH-GILEAD . A city which first appears in the story of the restoration of the Benjamites ( Judges 21:1-25 ). Probably it bad not fully recovered from this blow when it was almost forced to submit to the disgraceful terms of Nahash the Ammonite ( 1 Samuel 11:1-15 ). In gratitude for Saul’s relief of the city, the Inhabitants rescued his body from maltreatment by the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 31:11-13 ) an act which earned them the commendation of David ( 2 Samuel 2:4 ).

According to the Onomasticon , the site Isaiah 6 Roman miles from Pella. The name seems to be preserved in Yabis , a wady tributary to the Jordan, which runs down at the south part of trans-Jordanic Manasseh. The site itself, however, is not yet identified with certainty.

R. A. S. Macalister.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Jabesh, Jabesh-Gilead'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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