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Helkath-hazzurim
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A field near the pool of Gibeon where 12 men from David’s army (commanded by Joab) and 12 men from Saul’s army (commanded by Abner) battled and died (2 Sam 2:16). The place seems to be named in commemoration of the battle; its name means “field of the sword edges,” “field of the swords,” or “field of blades.”
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Helkath-Hazzurim
Helkath-Hazzurim (חֶלְקַת הַצִּדִּים‎, chelqath hatstsiddim). A field near the pool of Gibeon where 12 men from David’s army (commanded by Joab) and 12 men from Saul’s army (commanded by Abner) battled and died (2 Sam 2:16). The place seems to be named in commemoration of the battle; its name means “field
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Helkath-Hazzurim (Place)
HELKATH-HAZZURIM (PLACE) [Heb ḥelqat haṣṣūrı̂m (חֶלְקַת הַצֻּרִים)]. The name of a piece of ground close to the pool of Gibeon where soldiers of David and Ishbosheth, twelve representative warriors from each side, met and fought in one-to-one combat. Abner, commander of Saul’s army, said to Joab,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Helkath-hazzurim
Helkath-hazzurim. Area near the pool of Gibeon, where 12 champions from Joab’s army and 12 from Abner’s battled. All 24 died in the fight, each fighter killing his opponent (2 Sm 2:16). Some feel that the name may mean “field of the crafty,” that is, “field of ambush,” or “field of the adversaries.”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Helkath-Hazzurim
Helkath-Hazzurim helʹkath hazʹzoo̅-rim [Heb. ḥelqaṯ haṣṣûrim—‘field of flints’ or ‘field of sword edges’] (2 S. 2:16). The name of the area near the pool of Gibeon (v 12) where twelve of Joab’s men and twelve of Abner’s men fought and killed each other. The meaning of the name is uncertain, as
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Helkath-Hazzurim
HELKATH-HAZZURIM* Area near the pool of Gibeon, where 12 champions from Joab’s army and 12 from Abner’s battled. All 24 died in the fight, each fighter killing his opponent (2 Sm 2:16). Some scholars think the name may mean “field of the crafty,” that is, “field of ambush” or “field of the adversaries.”
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Helkath-Hazzurim
HELKATH-HAZZURIM (“the field of sword edges”). A field at the pool of Gibeon where David’s army led by Joab met Ishbosheth’s army led by Abner. Twelve men from each army killed each other in individual combat, After which David’s army routed the forces of Ishbosheth (2 Sam 2:16).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Helkath-Hazzurim
HELKATH-HAZZURIM (Heb. ḥelqaṯ haṣṣurîm ‘field of flints’ or ‘field of (sword)-edges’). This is the name given to the place in Gibeon where there was a tournament between the champions of Joab and Abner, which led on to a battle (2 Sa. 2:16). Other meanings conjectured include ‘field of plotters’,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Helkath-Hazzurim
Helkath-Hazzurim (Heb. ḥelqaṯ haṣṣqrɩ̂m)A place near the pool of Gibeon where 12 combatants of Joab’s forces and 12 of Abner’s slaughtered each other in a tournament of champions (2 Sam. 2:16; NRSV mg “Field of Sword-edges”).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Helkath-Hazzurim
Helkath-Hazzurim [hĕlˊkăth hăzhˊŏo rĭm] (Heb. ḥelqaṯ haṣṣurîm “field of flints [or knives] or “field of opponents”). A place near the pool of Gibeon where twelve combatants of Joab’s forces and twelve of Abner’s slaughtered each other in a tournament of champions (2 Sam. 2:16; KJV mg.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Helkath-Hazzurim
HELKATH-HAZZURIM A site near the pool of Gibeon where a skirmish was fought between the soldiers of David and Ishbaal, twelve on each side (2 Sam 2:14–16).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Helkath-hazzurim
Hel´kath-haz´zurim (field of rock), a smooth piece of ground, apparently close to the pool of Gibeon, where the combat took place between the two parties of Joab’s men and Abner’s men which ended in the death of the whole of the combatants, and brought on a general battle. 2 Sam. 2:16.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Helkath-Hazzurim
HEL´KATH-HAZ´ZURIM (helʹkath-hazʹū-rim; “smoothness of the rocks,” others, “field of the sharp edges”). The name given to the plain near the pool of Gibeon because of the deadly combat of twelve of the adherents of Ish-bosheth with as many of David’s, which appears to have brought on a general engagement,
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