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Gibeon

(gĭb`ēən), ancient town, 5 mi (8 km) NNW of Jerusalem. The Book of Joshua relates that its inhabitants established a treaty with the invading Israelites, resulting in their servitude to Israel. According to legend, the sun stood still in Gibeon while Israel battled the AmoritesAmorites
, a people of Canaan. There is evidence of them in Babylonia, where in the 19th cent. B.C. they established under their patronage the first dynasty at Babylon. The most powerful king of this dynasty, Hammurabi, put an end (18th cent. B.C.
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. Modern excavations there have discovered a water system, perhaps referred to in Second Samuel and Jeremiah. See GibbarGibbar
, in the Book of Ezra, family that returned with Zerubbabel. In a similar list in the Book of Nehemiah, Gibeon appears instead; therefore, Gibbar may stand for Gibeon, and the children of Gibbar are then Gibeonites.
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Bibliography

See studies by J. B. Pritchard (1962, 1964) and J. Blenkinsopp (1972).

Gibeon

an ancient town of Palestine: the excavated site thought to be its remains lies about 9 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of Jerusalem
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Joshua 10:12-14 concerns the miracle at the battle of Gibeon, when "the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people avenged themselves upon their enemies" (Randolph 50; Josh.
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True, Copernicus and Galileo had challenged the literal reading of Joshua, where the Lord tells the Sun: "Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon, and thou Moon in the valley of Aijalon.
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The battle at Gibeon includes stark images of fraternal bloodshed at close quarters (2:12-32).
And if it violates all the laws of physics to say that Joshua made the sun stand still over Gibeon, how can one trust anything the Bible tells us about the natural world?
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Come see the mighty citadel of Gibeon turn into a land of jackals" (1996, 77).
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