Gilboa (Gil-boh´uh)

Modern Jebel Fuqu’ah,a hill opposite the Hill of Moreh. Together Gilboa and Moreh guard the eastern pass from the Plain of Esdraelon into the Valley of Jezreel, the main access from the coastal plain to the Jordan Valley. Gilboa rises to a height of 1,696 feet above sea level, but plunges abruptly 2,000 feet below on the east to the Jordan. Its more gradual western slopes are probably where Saul fought his last battle with the Philistines; his three sons were killed and Saul took his own life after he was seriously wounded (1Sam 31). In his lament over Jonathan David levels a curse upon the scene of his death (2Sam 1:22).

1Sam 31

The Death of Saul and His Sons
1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and many fell on Mount Gilboa.2The ... View more

2Sam 1:22

22From the blood of the slain,
from the fat of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
nor the sword of Saul return empty.

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