Gibeah (Gib´ee-uh; Heb., “hill,” in contrast to “mountain”)

Name attached in OT tradition to a site in Benjamin, the home of Saul and center for his career as king (1Sam 10:26). Gibeah was the location for Saul’s association with a band of prophets (1Sam 10:1-10), an event related to selection of Saul as king. From this site Saul engineered a liberation of Jabesh-gilead from the Ammonites (1Sam 11:1-11) as well as a contest of strength with the Philistines (1Sam 14). He also sought help in his search for David, though, ironically, some of David’s associates were from this site (2Sam 23:29). The most important tradition about Gibeah unrelated to Saul is the account of inhospitable reception for an Ephraimite, including the rape and murder of his concubine, and the ensuing war between Ephraim and Benjamin (Judg 19-20).

1Sam 10:26

26Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went warriors whose hearts God had touched.

1Sam 10:1-10

1Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him; he said, “The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel. You shall reign over the ... View more

1Sam 11:1-11

Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1About a month later, Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a treat ... View more

1Sam 14

1One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not t ... View more

2Sam 23:29

29Heleb son of Baanah of Netophah; Ittai son of Ribai of Gibeah of the Benjaminites;

Judg 19-20

The Levite's Concubine
1In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite, residing in the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, took to ... View more

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