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the name given to the monument erected by Laban and Jacob, in testimony of a mutual covenant and agreement, Genesis 31:47-48 . Hence the hill upon which it was erected, was called Mount Gilead, Song of Solomon 4:1 ; Song of Solomon 6:5 ; Jeremiah 50:19 . The mountains of Gilead were part of that ridge of mountains which extend from Mount Lebanon southward, on the east of the Holy land; they gave their name to the whole country which lies on the east of the sea of Galilee, and included the mountainous region called in the New Testament Trachonitis. The Scripture speaks of the balm of Gilead, Jeremiah 8:22 ; Jeremiah 46:11 ; Jeremiah 51:8 . The merchants who bought Joseph came from Gilead, and were carrying balm into Egypt, Genesis 37:25 . See BALM .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Gilead'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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