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Jabesh and Jabesh-Gilead (jâ'besh-gĭl'e-ad), dry Gilead. A city east of the Jordan; destroyed by the Israelites, Judges 21:8-14; delivered from Nahash by Saul, 1 Samuel 11:1-11, and in gratitude therefor, its people brought the bodies of Saul and his sons, which the Philistines hung upon the walls of Bethshan, to Jabesh, and caused them to be buried in a wood near by. 1 Samuel 31:11-13. David blessed them, 2 Samuel 2:4-6, but afterward removed the bones to Saul's ancestral burying-place. 2 Samuel 2:4-6; 2 Samuel 21:12-14. Robinson identifies it with ed-Deir, 23 miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee on the south side of Wady Yabis. Merrill, however, would identify Jabesh with the ruins of a town found about 7 miles from Pella and about 2300 feet above the Jordan valley. This seems to conform to the Biblical statements concerning the place.

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

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