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Bible Encyclopedias

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


(Heb. Kabtseil', קִבְצְאֵל , gathering of God, i.e. perhaps confluence of waters; Sept. Καβσεήλ in Joshua, elsewhere Καβασάηλ v.r. Καβεσεήλ, etc.), a town on the extreme south of Judah, near Idumaea, and therefore probably included within the territory of Simeon (Joshua 15:21); the native place of Benaiah (son of Jehoiada), one of David's. chief warriors (2 Samuel 23:20 : 1 Chronicles 11:22). It was inhabited after the captivity under the similar name of JEKABZEEL (Nehemiah 11:25). Its locality can only be conjectured as being near the edge of the Ghor, south of the Dead Sea (see Masius, Comment. on Joshua ad loc.). The name and vicinity are probably still represented by the wady El-Kuseib, a small winter torrent running into the Dead Sea from the south (Robinson, Researches, ii, 497). Here the boundaries of Palestine, Edom, and Moab would converge, as is implied in the above Scripture references, and the region is still the resort of wild animals (Lynch, Jordan, p. 319; De Saulcy, Dead Sea, i, 298), and characterized by a deep fall of snow in winter (Burckhardt, Syria, p. 402), as is stated in the account of Benaiah's adventure with the lion.

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

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