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Bible Encyclopedias

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


(Heb. Geliloth', גְּלַי 7לוֹת, circuits [see below]; Sept. Γαλιλώθ,Vulg. tumuli), the name of a place on the boundary of Judah and Benjamin, between En-Shemesh and the ascent to Adummim (Joshua 18:17); apparently another form of the GILGAL (See GILGAL) (q.v.) of the parallel passage (Joshua 15:7).

The same word is distinctively used (see Stanley, Sinai and Pal. Append. § 23) five times in the original: twice with reference to the provinces of the Philistine heptarchy ("borders of the Philistines," Joshua 13:2; "coasts of Palestine," Joel 3 [4]:4); twice to the circle (See CICCAR) of the Jordan ("borders," Joshua 22:10-11); and once (in the sing.) to the district sloping easterly towards the Dead Sea (" country," Ezekiel 47:8). Its derivation (from גָּלִל, to roll) connects it with that of Galilee (q.v.), with which the versions sometimes confound it. (See TOPOGRAPHICAL TERMS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Geliloth'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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