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Ja’besh (dry).

1. Father of Shallum, the fifteenth king of Israel. 2 Kings 15:10, 13, 14. (b.c. before 770.)

2. Jabesh-gilead, or Jabesh in the territory of Gilead. In its wildest sense Gilead included the half tribe of Manasseh, 1 Chron. 27:21, as well as the tribes of Gad and Reuben, Num. 32:1-42, east of the Jordan; and of the cities of Gilead, Jabesh was the chief. It is first mentioned in Judges 21:8-14. Being attacked subsequently by Nahash the Ammonite, it gave Saul an opportunity of displaying his prowess in its defence. 1 Sam. 11:1-15. Eusebius places it beyond the Jordan, six miles from Pella on the mountain road to Gerasa; where its name is probably preserved in the Wady Yabes.