Ancient Sources

The Sea-coast



92. Geth, now Gitta, one of the five satrapies - (Ras Abu Hamid ?)

ORIGINAL TEXTS


Geththa ad quem locum transtulerunt arcam testamenti de Azoto. Nunc vicus grandis vocatur Giththam inter Antipatridem et Iamniam. Sed et alia appellatur Geththim. (Jerome 73:2-4)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Eusebius, Onomasticon 72:2-4 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 73:2-4 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Nunc vicus grandis vocatur Giththam inter Antipatridem et Iamniam. Sed et alia appellatur Geththim. (Jerome 73:2-4)
Geththa (1Sam 5:8), where the ark of the testimony was transferred from Azotus (Ashdod). And now there is a large village which is called Giththam, between Antipatris and Jamnia; and there is also another called Geththim.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Josh 13:1-5 Lands remaining unconquered
Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the Lord said to him, "You are old and advanced in years, and very much of the land still remains to be possessed. This is the land that still remains: all the regions of the Philistines, and all those of the Geshurites (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 Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron), and those of the Avvim, in the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the boundary of the Amorites, and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath.

1Sam 5:6-9 The ark in Gath
The hand of the Lord was heavy upon the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and struck them with tumors, both in Ashdod and in its territory. And when the inhabitants of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, "The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us; for his hand is heavy on us and on our god Dagon." So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" The inhabitants of Gath replied, "Let the ark of God be moved on to us." So they moved the ark of the God of Israel to Gath. But after they had brought it to Gath, the hand of the Lord was against the city, causing a very great panic; he struck the inhabitants of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them.

1Sam 17:4-7 Goliath of Gath
And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him.


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