Judges 21:8

Overview - Judges 21
The people bewail the desolation of Benjamin.
By the destruction of Jabesh-gilead they provide them four hundred wives.
16 They advise the remainder to surprise the virgins that danced at Shiloh.
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Judges 21:8  (King James Version)
And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabeshgilead to the assembly.

This place, as its name imports, was situated in Gilead, east of Jordan. Eusebius and Jerome say it was a great town in their time, standing upon a hill, six miles south from Pella, in the way to Geresa, now Djerash. The Wady Yabes, mentioned by Burckhardt, which empties itself into the Jordan, in the neighbourhood of Bisan or Beth-shan (see 1 Sa 31:11, and upon which Pella was situated, (celebrated by Pliny, 1
v. c. 18, for its fine waters,) seems to have taken its name from Jabesh. Near this spot, we must therefore look for its site; and the place called Kalaat Rabbad seems to correspond, very nearly, to the spot; though it probably still retains among the Arabs its ancient name.
1 Samuel 11:1-3 ; 31:11-13 2 Samuel 2:5 2 Samuel 2:6

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