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An ancient city in the Transjordan; its exact location is uncertain.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
MAHANAIM (PLACE) [Heb mahănayim (מַהֲנַיִם)]. A city located in Gilead, along the Jabbok River, in the territory traditionally associated with half-Manasseh. The name appears to be a dual form (meaning “two camps” or “camp”), although the -ayim ending has alternatively been explained as an old locative
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Mahanaim. Settlement east of the Jordan in Gilead. Jacob met angels there and named the place “God’s camp.” He divided his household and possessions into two camps (Mahanaim means “two camps” in Hebrew) to keep from losing everything when he confronted Esau (Gn 32:1–8, 11).The city was located along
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
MAHANAIM Settlement east of the Jordan in Gilead. Jacob met angels there and named the place “God’s camp.” He divided his household and possessions into two camps (Mahanaim means “two camps” in Hebrew) to keep from losing everything when he confronted Esau (Gn 32:1–11).The city was located along the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Mahanaim (may´huh-nay´im; Heb., “the camp”), a city in Gilead, in the tribal territory of Gad near its border with Manasseh (Josh. 13:26, 30). It is first mentioned in Gen. 32:2 as the place where Jacob stayed before his encounter with Esau; when the “messengers of God” met him there Jacob said, “This
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MAHANAIM. The name given by Jacob to the place where he saw the angels of God (Gen 32:1–2). It probably lay to the S of the Jabbok, a little S of the border between Gad and Manasseh (Josh 13:26, 30; 21:38), several miles S of Peniel (Penuel, Gen 32:22–31), at Tell el-Hajjaj on a height overlooking the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
MAHANAIM (Heb. maḥanayim, ‘two camps’). A place in Gilead where Jacob saw the angels of God before he reached Penuel and met Esau (Gn. 32:2). Appointed to be a levitical (Merarite) city from the territory of Gad (Jos. 21:38; 1 Ch. 6:80), Mahanaim was on the border of Gad with Gileadite Manasseh (Jos.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Mahanaim (Heb. maḥănayim)The place where Jacob rested on his return to Canaan (Gen. 32:2 [MT 3]). Mahanaim (“two camps”) later became a levitical city (Josh. 21:38; 1 Chr. 6:80) in the territory of Gad (Josh. 13:26) on the border of Manasseh (13:30). It was briefly the capital of the Saulide dynasty
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
MAHANAIM A city of Gilead, on the border between the territories of Gad and Manasseh (Josh. 13:26, 30). This is the place where the angels of God met Jacob (Gen. 32:1–2); one of the Levitical cities; and a place of refuge in the territory of Gad (Josh. 21:38). Abner, son of Ner, enthroned Ishbosheth,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
MAHANAIM (Hebrew, “two camps”) A town in Gilead, along the Jabbok River, where Jacob had a vision of angels before his meeting with Esau (Gen 32:1–2). The name has its origin in this event, when Jacob realized that a heavenly camp of angels was there beside his own camp of family members and livestock.