Holman Bible Dictionary
(Gihb' beh thahn) Place name meaning, “arched,” “hill,” or “mound.” City in the tribal territory of Dan (Joshua 19:44
) but assigned to the Levites (Joshua 21:23
). During the monarchy the Philistines controlled Gibbethon. Nadab of Israel (909-908 B.C.) besieged it. During the siege Baasha murdered Nadab and assumed the kingship (1 Kings 15:25-28
). The Israelite army was encamped against Philistine Gibbethon when Zimri assumed rule by assassinating Elah, the son of Baasha (1 Kings 16:15-17
). Gibbethon has been variously identified as tell el-Melat north of Ekron, and with Agir, two and a half miles west of tell el-Melat.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Gibbethon'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/g/gibbethon.html. 1991.