Origin of the name GILEAD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name GILEAD.
GILEAD (גִּלְעָד).Biblical. [Hebrew Gileadh = "hard,"
"rough," or "stony region." But cf. Galeed
= "heap of witness" (Gesenius)].
(1) The son of Machir and grandson of
Manasseh. He founded the family of the Gileadites (Numb. xxvi. 29,
(2) The father of Jephthah, probably a descendant
of No. 1 (Judg. xi. 1).
(3) A son of a certain Michael and the father of
Jaroah (1 Chron. v. 14).
(1) A region east of the Jordan (Judg. v. 17; 1
Sam. xiii. 7; 2 Sam. xvii. 26; xxiv. 5, 6). It was bounded on the
north by Bashan, on the south, perhaps, by the vale of Heshbon, on the
east by Arabia, and on the west by the river Jordan.
(2) A city in the region of Gilead (Hos. vi. 8;
cf. xii. 11). It was, perhaps, the city rather than the region which
Moses gave to Machir, the son of Manasseh (Numb. xxxii. 39, 40).
(3) (?) Apparently a mountain near the well
of Harod (cf. Judg. vii. 1, 3). As the eminence occupying that
situation is Gilboa, it is probable that Gilead is here a copyist's error
for Gilboa. (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter,