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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Geshur, Geshurites

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Geshur was a territory in the northern part of Bashan, adjoining the province of Argob (Deuteronomy 3:14 ) and the kingdom of Aram or Syria (2Samuel 15:8 1Chronicles 2:23 ). It was allotted to the half-tribe of Manasseh, which settled east of the Jordan but its inhabitants, the Geshurites, could never be expelled (Joshua 13:13 ). In the time of David, Geshur was an independent kingdom: David married a daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur (2Samuel 3:3 ). Her son Absalom fled, after the murder of his half-brother, to his mother's native country, where he stayed three years (ib. 13:37, 15:8). Geshur is identified with the plateau called to-day "Lejah," in the center of the Hauran. There was also another people called "Geshurites" who dwelt in the desert between Arabia and Philistia ( Joshua 13:2 [A. V. "Geshuri"] 1Samuel 27:8 in the latter citation the Geshurites are mentioned together with the Gezrites and Amalekites).

E. G. H. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Geshur, Geshurites'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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