Helkath-hazzurim

Helkath-hazzurim [N] [H]

plot of the sharp blades, or the field of heroes, ( 2 Samuel 2:16 ). After the battle of Gilboa, so fatal to Saul and his house, David, as divinely directed, took up his residence in Hebron, and was there anointed king over Judah. Among the fugitives from Gilboa was Ish-bosheth, the only surviving son of Saul, whom Abner, Saul's uncle, took across the Jordan to Mahanaim, and there had him proclaimed king. Abner gathered all the forces at his command and marched to Gibeon, with the object of wresting Judah from David. Joab had the command of David's army of trained men, who encamped on the south of the pool, which was on the east of the hill on which the town of Gibeon was built, while Abner's army lay on the north of the pool. Abner proposed that the conflict should be decided by twelve young men engaging in personal combat on either side. So fiercely did they encounter each other that "they caught every man his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim." The combat of the champions was thus indecisive, and there followed a severe general engagement between the two armies, ending in the total rout of the Israelites under Abner. The general result of this battle was that "David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker" ( 2 Samuel 3:1 ). (See GIBEON .)

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Helkath-hazzurim". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Helkath-hazzurim [N] [E]

the field of strong men
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Helkath-hazzurim'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Helkath-hazzurim

(field of rock ), a smooth piece of ground, apparently close to the pool of Gibeon, where the combat took place between the two parties of Joabs men and Abners men which ended in the death of the whole of the combatants, and brought on a general battle. ( 2 Samuel 2:16 )


Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Helkathhazzurim'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.