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Gibeah (gĭbˈēə) [key] [Heb., = hill]. 1 In the Bible, home town and capital of Saul; the present-day Tell el-Ful, the West Bank, 3 mi (4.8 km) N of Jerusalem. A fortress that may have been Saul's residence was excavated there.

See L. A. Sinclair, An Archaeological Study of Gibeah (1960).

2 In the Book of Joshua, town, S ancient Palestine, somewhere S of Hebron. The Gibeah of Second Chronicles may be the same as either of these or a different place. See also Gibea.

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