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A priest of the tribe of Dan (Judg 18:30); son of Gershom and descendant of Moses. He was among those who established an idol in Shiloh (Judg 18:31).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
JONATHAN (PERSON) [Heb yônātān (יֹונָתָן); yĕhônātān]. The names Jonathan and Jehonathan (Heb “Yahweh has given”) appear to be used interchangeably.1. A Levite from the town of Bethlehem in Judah, who, according to Judges 17–18, founded a priesthood at Laish (later called Dan). This Levite, whose
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. The young Levite of Jgs. 17–18, referred to by name in 18:30, where he is called “the son of Gershom, son of Moses,” and where AV has Manasseh for Moses, following the MT in which the letter nūn of Manasseh is suspended. Rashi states the reason thus: “Because of the honor of Moses was the nūn written
Jonathan jonʹəe-thəen [Heb. yehōnāṯān, yônāṯan—‘Yahweh has given’; Gk. Iōnathan].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
JONATHAN1. Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, a descendant of Gershom, son of Moses (cf. 1 Chr 23:14–15); he was a priest first to Micah in Ephraim and later to Dan’s tribe during the period of the judges (Jgs 17:7–10; 18:30).2. Benjamite, the firstborn son of Saul and the father of Meribbaal (1 Sm 14:49;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
JONATHAN. This name occurs frequently in biblical literature.1. The son of Gershom, son of Manasseh (Jdg 18:30, KJV). The Masoretic scribes inserted an n (num) above the line in the name of Moses, so that in the Heb. spelling it would read Manasseh (m -n-sh-h) instead of Moses (m-sh-h). Thus they thought
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
JONATHAN (Heb yehônāṯān or yônāṯān, ‘Yahweh has given’).1. Son of Gershom, descendant of Moses (av ‘Manasseh’). He was hired by Micah to officiate as priest before an idol in Ephraim, then became priest and progenitor of a line of priests to the Danites ‘until the day of the captivity of the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Jonathan [jŏnˊə thən] (Heb. yehônāṯān, yônāṯan, “Yahweh has given”; Gk. Iōnathan).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Jon´athan, that is, “the gift of Jehovah,” the eldest son of King Saul. (b.c. about 1095–1056.) He was a man of great strength and activity. 2 Sam. 1:23. He was also famous as a warrior, 1 Chron. 12:2, as is shown by the courage he showed in attacking the garrison of the Philistines, in company with
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
JON´ATHAN (jonʹa-than; a contracted form of Jehonathan, “Jehovah has given”).1. The son (or descendant) of Gershom the son of Manasseh (Judg. 18:30). Jonathan, who was a Levite, resided at Bethlehem and, leaving that place to seek his fortune, came to Mt. Ephraim to the home of Micah. This person made