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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ge´shur. A district of Syria (; ), which adjoined, on the east side of the Jordan, the northern border of the Hebrew territory, and lay between Mount Hermon, Maachah, and Bashan (; ). According to the boundaries of the Holy Land, as defined by Moses, Geshur would have formed part of it; but in ; , it is stated that the Israelites had expelled neither the Geshurites nor the Maachathites, but dwelt together with them. That the Hebrews did not afterwards permanently subdue Geshur appears from the circumstance that, in David's time, this district had a king of its own, called Talmai, whose daughter, Maacah, was one of the wives of David (). She was the mother of Absalom, who took refuge with his grandfather after the murder of Amnon, and remained three years in Geshur (; ). The word Geshur signifies a bridge, and corresponds with the Arabic Jisr; and in the same region where, according to the above data, we must fix Geshur, between Mount Hermon and the lake of Tiberias, there still exists an ancient stone bridge over the upper Jordan, called Jisr-Beni-Jakub, or 'the bridge of the children of Jacob.' i.e. the Israelites.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Geshur'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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