Geshur


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Geshur

(gē`shər) or

Geshuri

(gĕsh`yo͞orī, gĕshyo͞o`rī), in the Bible. 1 Small Aramaic kingdom that remained in the territory allotted to Manasseh. It occupied barren land NE of the Sea of Galilee. After the division of Israel, it became a part of the Aramaic kingdom of Damascus. A daughter of one of its kings married David and was the mother of Absalom. See AramAram
, ancient country and people centered in Damascus in S Syria between the 11th and 8th cent. B.C. The Bible records constant contacts between the Hebrews and Aram. The Aramaeans spoke Aramaic, which is a term that refers to a family of languages, of which Syriac is a part.
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 (1.) 2 Aboriginal people in Philistia.
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A secular, well-educated, idealistic community, the Geshur founding members came 20 years ago with the understanding that the homes they were about to build might only be temporary in the event of a peace agreement with Syria.
Thirteen years ago, in the wake of the troubled Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai, the members of Geshur boldly issued a declaration that their settlement would never be an obstacle to peace, nor would they resist withdrawal from the Golan in the event of a peace agreement with Syria.
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The people of Geshur have refrained from publicizing their liberal views while negotiations are in progress, and criticise Rabin for doing so.
While Geshur is no longer a community monolithic in its traditional liberalism, Avni's views still reflect the mainstream sentiment.
Other mixed marriages reported without censure from the tribe of Judah include Judah himself with Bath-shua, a Canaanite (1 Chr 2:3); Jether the Ishmaelite with Abigail the sister of David (1 Chr 2:17); David with Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur (1 Chr 3:2); a Judahite Mered with Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh (1 Chr 4:18); (8) and some of the descendants of Judah's son Shelah with Moabites (1 Chr 4:22).

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