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Mount Gilboa

Mount Gilboa, from the Hebrew word meaning bubbling (named after a fresh spring located there), is a section of desolate hills in north-central Israel. It's perhaps most famous as the location where Saul, Israel's first human king, and his son Jonathan, a very close friend of David, were killed in battle against the Philistines.

Mount Gilboa

  • Mount Gilboa is located on the eastern side of the valley of Esdraelon, or Valley of Jezreel (see Armageddon).

  • Galilee is to the north, Samaria is to the south, The Jordan Valley is to the east.

  • Jesus Christ lived much of His early life working with Joseph as a carpenter in nearby Nazareth, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the northwest.

  • Before his battle with the Philistines, Saul consulted with a Witch at Endor, a small town north of Mount Gilboa (1 Samuel 28:1-25).

  • Saul's end came on Mount Gilboa:

    "Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. The battle pressed hard upon Saul, and the archers found him; and he was badly wounded by the archers."

    "Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and make sport of me."

    "But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it. And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword, and died with him. Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together." (1 Samuel 31:1-6 RSV).

Fact Finder: Who did the witch of Endor claim to contact for Saul?
1 Samuel 28:11-12
See also Samuel


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