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Mahanaim (mâ'ha-nâ'im), two camps. A town east of the Jordan, named by Jacob. Genesis 32:1-2. It was assigned to the Levites, Joshua 13:26; Joshua 13:30; Joshua 21:38; 1 Chronicles 6:80, and lay within the territory of Gad, north of the torrent Jabbok. Mahanaim became in the time of the monarchy a place of mark. 2 Samuel 2:8; 2 Samuel 2:12; 2 Samuel 19:32. Abner fixed Ishbosheth's residence there, and David took refuge in it when driven out of the western part of his kingdom by Absalom. 2 Samuel 17:24; 1 Kings 2:8. Mahanaim was the seat of one of Solomon's commissariat officers, 1 Kings 4:14, and it is alluded to in his Song of Solomon 6:13. Dr. Merrill locates Mahanaim in the Jordan valley, six miles north of the Jabbok, at a ruin called Suleikhat.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Mahanaim'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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