Consider helping today!
People's Dictionary of the Bible
Gilgal (gĭl'găl), rolling. I. The name of the first station of the Israelites after crossing the Jordan, Joshua 4:19-20, where the twelve stones were set up, and the tabernacle remained until removed to Shiloh. Joshua 18:1. Samuel judged, and Saul was made king there; 1 Samuel 7:16; 1 Samuel 10:8; 1 Samuel 11:14-15; at Gilgal the people gathered for war; there Agag was hewn in pieces. 1 Samuel 13:4-7; 1 Samuel 15:33. Gilgal is not named in the New Testament. Josephus places this Gilgal 10 furlongs from Jericho and 50 from the Jordan: Jerome had it pointed out 2 miles from Jericho. 2. The Gitgal in Elijah's time was above Bethel, since the prophet "went down" from that Gilgal to Bethel. 2 Kings 2:2. As Bethel is 3300 feet above the Jordan plain, it must have been a Gilgal not in that plain, It has been identified with Jiljilia, 8 miles north of Bethel, where the school of the prophets was probably established. 3. Gilgal of Joshua 12:23 is supposed to be at a Jiljûlieh, near Antipatris, in the plain of Sharon.
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Used by Permission.
Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Gilgal'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/g/gilgal.html. 1893.