American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An ancient village of Palestine near Jerusalem. In the Bible, its inhabitants were condemned by Joshua to serve as manual laborers for the Israelites.
“While at the tabernacle and burnt offering in Gibeon, Heman and Jeduthun presided over the sacred music, the sons of Jeduthun were door keepers, and Zadok, with his suite of attendant priests, offered the sacrifices.”
“There was the rugged path where Joshua had stood and called out to the sun to stand still in Gibeon, and the moon in the valley of Ajalon.”
“So Joab resolved to make no delay, but taking with him his brother, and those six hundred men, and giving orders that the rest of the army which was at Jerusalem should follow him, he marched with great speed against Sheba; and when he was come to Gibeon, which is a village forty furlongs distant from Jerusalem, Amasa brought a great army with him, and met Joab.”
“And it's not likely a misidentification since 56 jar handles were found with the name "Gibeon" inscribed from the 8th-7th centuries BC see Dever, Who were the early Israelites, pp 48-49.”
“These may have been during the ten plagues in Egypt (see Exodus 7–12), during the battle at Gibeon, in which the earth changed its axial rotation (see Joshua 10:13), and when the sun went back ten steps for Hezekiah (see 2 Kings 20:9–11).”
“Joshua made the sun stand still upon Gibeon, but you would outdo Joshua.”
“At the final battle of Gibeon, Joshua charged down the mountain with his men – the sun at his back – and defeated all of them.”
“Then the men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, saying, "Do not abandon your servants ; come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites that live in the hill country have assembled against us.”
“Set in the small town of Gibeon, the book explores the nature of the society and its minority groups including Indians and Jews.”
“Gibeon is a prime example - prominent in Joshua's narrative but lacking evidence of habitation until the 8th century BC.”
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