Gaza

Gaza (Gay´zuh)

A settlement about three miles from the Mediterranean coast marking the southern border of Canaan. It was captured by the tribe of Judah (Judg 1:18) and was included in the allotment given to that tribe (Josh 15:47). It was part of the Philistine Pentapolis, the southernmost city in that league of five cities (Josh 13:3; 1Sam 6:17; Jer 25:20), and played an important role in the Samson saga (Judg 13-16). The city was later taken by Tiglath-pileser III, king of Assyria. We also have an account of Hezekiah’s conquest of the city (2Kgs 18:9).

Judg 1:18

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Josh 15:47

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Josh 13:3

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1Sam 6:17

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Jer 25:20

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Judg 13-16

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2Kgs 18:9

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