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

18Judah took Gaza with its territory, Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory.

Josh 15:47

47Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Wadi of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coast.

Josh 13:3

3(from the Shihor, which is east of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron, it is reckoned as Canaanite; there are five rulers of the Philistines, those of G ... View more

1Sam 6:17

17These are the gold tumors, which the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to the Lord: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one f ... View more

Jer 25:20

20all the mixed people; all the kings of the land of Uz; all the kings of the land of the Philistines—Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod;

Judg 13-16

The Birth of Samson
1The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.2There ... View more

2Kgs 18:9

9In the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of King Hoshea son of Elah of Israel, King Shalmaneser of Assyria came up against Samaria, besi ... View more

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