Gibeah: A hill or hill-town, "of Benjamin"
(1 Samuel 13:15) better known as "Gibeah
(1 Samuel 11:4; Isaiah 10:29) It was here that the terrible outrage
was committed on the Levite's concubine which led to the almost utter
extirpation of the tribe of Benjamin
(Judges 19:1-20:1)ff only six
hundred men surviving after a succession of disastrous battles. This
was the birthplace of Saul, and continued to be his residence after
he became king
(1 Samuel 10:26; 11:4; 15:34) It was reckoned among the
ancient sanctuaries of Palestine
(1 Samuel 10:26; 15:34; 23:19; 26:1)
(2 Samuel 21:6-10) and hence it is called "Gibeah of God"
(1 Samuel 10:5)
R.V. marg. It has been identified with the modern Tell el-Ful (i.e.,
"hill of the bean"), about 3 miles north of Jerusalem.