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Holman Bible Dictionary

Mahanaim

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(may huh nay ihm) Place name meaning, “two camps.” City somewhere in the hill country of Gilead on the tribal borders of Gad and eastern Manasseh (Joshua 13:26 ,Joshua 13:26,13:30 ). It was a Levitical city (Joshua 21:38 ). It served as a refuge twice: for Ishbosheth after Saul's death (2 Samuel 2:8-9 ), and for David when Absalom usurped the throne (2 Samuel 17:24-27 ). During Solomon's administration, the city served as a district capital (1 Kings 4:14 ). German archaeologists locate it at tell Heggog, half a mile south of Penuel, while Israelis point to tell edh-Dhabab el Gharbi.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Mahanaim'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/m/mahanaim.html. 1991.

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