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A city and a hilly territory of the Transjordan occupied by the tribes of Manasseh, Gad, and Reuben. Known for its fertility and often served as a place of refuge.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
GILEAD (PLACE) [Heb gilʿād (גִּלְעָד)]. GILEADITE. An area on the E side of the Jordan River that became part of the Israelite inheritance.A. Etymology and UsageThe name gilʿād is difficult to explain both as regards etymology and original usage. It is established in the OT forty-seven times as indeterminate
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gilead, Gileadite (Place)
Gilead, Gileadite (Place). 1. Region east of the Jordan River. Generally used to designate the territory occupied by all the Transjordanian Israelite tribes (Jgs 20:1; 2 Kgs 10:33; Jer 50:19; Zec 10:10). Specifically, Gilead is the area of the Transjordan lying between the Yarmuk and Arnon rivers and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gilead gilʹē-əd [Heb. gilʿāḏ, possibly ‘mound of stones’ or ‘stronghold’]. A place name.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GILEAD (Place)1. Region east of the Jordan River. Generally used to designate the territory occupied by all the Transjordanian Israelite tribes (Jgs 20:1; 2 Kgs 10:33; Jer 50:19; Zec 10:10). Specifically, Gilead is the area of the Trans-jordan lying between the Yarmuk and Arnon Rivers and divided by
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gilead (gil´ee-uhd; Heb., “rugged”), a region in the Transjordan (modern-day Jordan) from the Arnon to the Yarmuk rivers, located between Bashan and Moab. Its name describes it well, for Gilead is indeed rugged, mountainous territory, and in antiquity it was densely forested (see Jer. 22:6). The major
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GILEAD1. The founder of the tribal family by that name (Num 26:29–30; Josh 17:1).2. The father of Jephthah (Jdg 11:1).3. A Gadite (1 Chr 5:14).4. A mountainous region E of the Jordan River with an average height of 3,000 feet above sea level. It is bounded on the N by Bashan, on the E by the Arabian
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GILEAD. 1. The son of Machir, son of Manasseh and progenitor of the Gileadite clan which was a major part of the tribe of Manasseh (Nu. 26:29–30; 27:1; 36:1; Jos. 17:1, 3; 1 Ch. 2:21, 23; 7:14–17). 2. A descendant of Gad and ancestor of some later Gadites (1 Ch. 5:14). 3. Jephthah’s father (Jdg. 11:1–2).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gilead (Heb. gilʿāḏ) (PLACE)A mountainous region in Transjordan. Its name was derived from a grandson of Manasseh (Num. 26:29). Nothing more is known about Gilead or his father Machir.The Gilead clan may have settled in the mountainous area of Transjordan because of an earlier tribal tradition and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
GILEAD; GALAADITIS The central part of the territory east of the Jordan, which consisted of three regions: the plain, Gilead and the Bashan (Deut. 3:10). Gileah extends from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the Dead Sea in the south. After the Israelite conquest it was divided between the tribes of
Catholic Bible Dictionary
GILEAD (Hebrew, “pile of testimony”) A mountainous region in Transjordan with varying geographical boundaries depending on changing political realities. At its broadest extent, it covered most of the area between the east bank of the Jordan and the territory of Ammon to the west (Num 32:26, 29; Josh