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Gilgal (near Jericho)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The Hebrew name for the site near Gilgal where the Israelites born in the wilderness were circumcised after crossing the Jordan River (Josh 5:3). The name means “hill of the foreskins.” The location of Gibeath-Haaraloth is unknown.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Gibeath-Haaraloth
Gibeath-Haaraloth (גִּבְעַ֖ת הָעֲרָלֽוֹת‎, giv'ath ha'araloth). The Hebrew name for the site near Gilgal where the Israelites born in the wilderness were circumcised after crossing the Jordan River (Josh 5:3). The name means “hill of the foreskins.” The location of Gibeath-Haaraloth is unknown.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Gibeath-Haaraloth (Place)
GIBEATH-HAARALOTH (PLACE) [Heb gibʿat hāʿărālôt (גִּבְעַת הָעֲרָלֹות)]. A place within the tribal territory of Benjamin near Gilgal, where the Israelites were circumcised after crossing the Jordan River (Josh 5:3). The name literally means “hill of the foreskins.” The KJV understood the reference
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
Gibeath-haaraloth
Gibeath-haaraloth. Place situated between Jericho and the Jordan, near Gilgal (Jos 5:3).See Gibeah #1.
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]).
Gibeath-Haaraloth
Gibeath-Haaraloth giʹbē-əth haārʹə-loþ [Heb. giḇʿaṯ hāʿarālôṯ—‘hill of the foreskins’]; AV “hill of the foreskins,” mg GIBEAH-HAARALOTH. A place at or near Gilgal between the Jordan River and Jericho. Here the Israelites who grew up in the wilderness were circumcised after the passage through
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
Gibeath-Haaraloth
GIBEATH-HAARALOTH Place located between the Jordan River and Jericho, in the vicinity of Gilgal, where Joshua conducted the circumcision of the Hebrew males born in the wilderness during the 40 years of wandering. (Jos 5:3, nlt; kjv “hill of the foreskins”).
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 HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gilgal
Gilgal (gil´gal; Heb., “circle,” probably of stones).1 A town located between Jericho and the Jordan. This Gilgal served as the Israelites’ first encampment after crossing the Jordan (Josh. 3–4), and it became Joshua’s base of operations. It is probably to be identified with modern Khirbet el-Mafjir,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Foreskins, Hill of
FORESKINS, HILL OF. A place near Gilgal where the rite of circumcision, neglected during the wilderness wanderings, was performed on the males of Israel (Josh 5:3).
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
Gibeath-Haaraloth
Gibeath-Haaraloth (Heb. giḇʿaṯ hāʿărālôṯ)The place, near Gilgal, where the Israelites who had been born during the journey from Egypt were circumcised after crossing the Jordan River (Josh. 5:3; “hill of foreskins”). This second circumcision marks entrance of the Israelites into the Promised
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
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gibeath-Haaraloth
Gibeath-Haaraloth [gĭbˊĭ ăth hā ărˊə lŏth] (Heb. giḇ˓aṯ hā˓arālôṯ “hill of foreskins”).† A place near Gilgal, between Jericho and the Jordan river, where before their entry into Canaan Joshua circumcised the Israelites who had been born on the journey from Egypt (Josh. 5:3; KJV “the
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
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