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Gilgal (1 Macc 9:2)
A town which Demetrius passed on his way to siege Jerusalem.
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Gilgal (Place)
GILGAL (PLACE) [Heb gilgāl (גִּלְגָּל)]. A common place name in the OT. In all but two cases (Josh 5:9; Josh 12:23), it is prefixed with the definite article (haggilgāl), or the definite article and preposition (baggigāl, as in Josh 4:19). The name appears to mean “circle (of stones),” apparently
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gilgal
Gilgal. 1. Town near Jericho. Gilgal was assigned to Benjamin’s tribe when Palestine was divided among the tribes of Israel. For many years it was a center of religious, political, and military importance, especially during the periods of the conquest of Canaan and the early monarchy under Saul.Gilgal
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Galgala
Galgala galʹgal-ə [Gk Galgala] (1 Macc. 9:2, AV). Equivalent to Gilgal, but it is uncertain which Gilgal is meant (cf. Josephus Ant. xii.11.1 [421]).
Gilgal
Gilgal gilʹgal [Heb. haggilgāl (â); Gk. Galgal (a) (usually declined as a pl), Golgol (LXX, Dt. 11:30); Heb. also galgûlâ in the personal name of Yeshua ben Galgoula of the Bar Cochba documents].The meaning is uncertain, but the use of the Hebrew article (hag–) indicates a common noun. Gilgāl
III. Location
4. Some suppose that Dt. 11:30 supports the existence of another Gilgal near Shechem; but on this verse see 1. II above.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gilgal
GILGAL1. Town near Jericho. Gilgal was assigned to Benjamin’s tribe when Canaan was divided among the tribes of Israel. For many years it was a center of religious, political, and military importance, especially during the periods of the conquest of Canaan and the early monarchy under Saul.Gilgal was
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gilgal
GILGAL1. Gilgal was Israel’s first campsite after crossing the Jordan and main headquarters during the campaigns of conquest (Josh 4:19; 9:6; 10:6, 43; 14:6). Stones taken from the bed of the Jordan were set up in a memorial cairn. The name Gilgal, however, which means “circle,” evidently belonged to
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Gilgal
GILGAL. The name can mean ‘circle (of stones)’, or ‘rolling’, from Heb. gālal, ‘to roll’. In its latter meaning the name Gilgal was used by God through Joshua to serve as a reminder to Israel of their deliverance from Egypt when they were circumcised there: ‘This day I have rolled away (gallôṯî)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gilgal
Gilgal (Heb. gilgāl)1. A place “opposite” Mts. Gerizim and Ebal. Deut. 11:30 describes it as both “in the land of” the Canaanites dwelling in the Arabah (which could refer to Gilgal near Jericho) and “beside” the oaks of Moreh (which would indicate another Gilgal near Shechem).2. A place E of Jericho
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Gilgal
GILGAL The last station on the route of the Exodus west of the Jordan, where Joshua set up 12 stones to commemorate the crossing of the river (Josh. 4:19–20). Here, in the plain of Jericho, the Children of Israel were circumcised (Josh. 5:3). Eusebius (Onom. 46:18 ff.) stated that the site was located
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Gilgal
GILGAL (Hebrew, “circle of stones”) A name used in the Old Testament for several locations. The best known was east of Jericho, although its exact location remains elusive. The king of Gilgal was defeated by Joshua (Josh 12:23), and the site became the place at which the Israelites established their
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gilgal
Gil´gal (a wheel; rolling).1. The site of the first camp of the Israelites on the west of the Jordan, the place at which they passed the first night after crossing the river, and where the twelve stones were set up which had been taken from the bed of the stream, Josh. 4:19, 20, comp. 3; where also
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Gilgal
GIL´GAL (gilʹgal; “rolling”).1. A place in the Jordan Valley not far from Jericho, called Geliloth (Josh. 18:17). Here the Israelites first encamped after they crossed the Jordan, and here the twelve stones were set up as a memorial (4:19–20). Samuel judged here (1 Sam. 7:16); Agag was slain here (15:33).