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Jonathan

(jŏn`əthən) [short for Jehonathan, Heb.,=Yahweh has given]. 1 In the Bible, SaulSaul,
first king of the ancient Hebrews. He was a Benjamite and anointed king by Samuel. Saul's territory was probably limited to the hill country of Judah and the region to the north, and his proximity to the Philistines brought him into constant conflict with them.
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's son and DavidDavid,
d. c.970 B.C., king of ancient Israel (c.1010–970 B.C.), successor of Saul. The Book of First Samuel introduces him as the youngest of eight sons who is anointed king by Samuel to replace Saul, who had been deemed a failure.
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's friend, killed at the battle of Mt. Gilboa. David showed kindness to his son MephiboshethMephibosheth
, in the Bible. 1 Jonathan's lame. David restored Saul's lands to him, and spared him when he gave the Gibeonites seven of Saul's descendants to settle a blood debt. For the relation between the names of this man, see Baal. 2 Son of Saul.
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. 2 David's nephew. He is perhaps the same man who is called David's uncle and counsellor in the translations of First Chronicles. 3 One of the MaccabeesMaccabees
or Machabees
, Jewish family of the 2d and 1st cent. B.C. that brought about a restoration of Jewish political and religious life. They are also called Hasmoneans or Asmoneans after their ancestor, Hashmon.
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. He was appointed high priest by Alexander BalasAlexander Balas
, d. 145 B.C., ruler of Syria, putative son of Antiochus IV. He seized power from his uncle Demetrius I (c.152 B.C.); Jonathan the Maccabee supported him. He died in battle against Ptolemy Philometor.
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, pretender to the Syrian throne.

Jonathan

stalwartly defended David; aided him in escape. [O.T.: I Samuel 20:32–34, 42; 23:16]
See: Loyalty

Jonathan

Old Testament the son of Saul and David's close friend, who was killed in battle (I Samuel 31; II Samuel 1:19--26)
References in classic literature ?
Soon after Jonathan left college he went to live in the house of Sir William Temple.
Jonathan I shall leave to you, but if the other turns nasty I shall shoot him dead.
Well, I must tell you about the three, but you must keep it a secret, dear, from every one except, of course, Jonathan.
I don't want to own him," said Jonathan, unable to resist a movement of indignation that had never been allowed to satisfy itself.
He understood, with a clearness equal to that of the most intelligent mind, that Jonathan would take him back to skimmed milk, apple-dumpling, broad beans, and pork.
Jonathan Faux to go and take a snack with him, an invitation which was quite acceptable; and as honest Jonathan had nothing to be ashamed of, it is probable that he was very frank in his communications to the civil draper, who, pursuing the benefit of the parish, hastened to make all the information he could gather about Freely common parochial property.
She got on from Jonathan (last of the males, indoors) to the coachman (first of the males, out-of-doors), and dug down, man by man, through that new stratum, until she struck the stable-boy at the bottom .
Former President Goodluck Jonathan is one of the poorest Nigeria or African's former leaders in recent time, his associate and former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali has said.
FUNNYMAN Peter Kay sparked chaos on The Jonathan Ross Show when he decided to have "a nosey around" on set.
Caption: Jonathan Yormak, East End Capital; Wendy Levine; David Peretz, East End Capita
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said a regional terror group is plotting to kill him.