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gath - hē´fẽr ( גּ ת החפר , gath ha - ḥēpher , "winepress of the pit"): A town on the boundary of Zebulun ( Joshua 19:13; the King James Version in error, "Gittah-hapher"), the birthplace of the prophet Jonah (2 Kings 14:25 ). Jerome (Commentary on Jonah ) speaks of Geth as an inconsiderable village, about 2 miles from Sepphoris on the Tiberias road, where the tomb of Jonah was shown. Benjamin of Tudela says that Jonah the son of Amittai the prophet was buried "in the mountain" near Sepphoris (Bohn, Early Travels in Palestine , 88). These indications agree with the local tradition which identifies Gath-hepher with el -Meshhed , a village with ancient ruins on a height North of the road as one goes to Tiberias, about 2 miles from Nazareth, and half a mile from Kefr Kennah .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Gath-Hepher'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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