The Girgashites - Encyclopedia

GIRGASHITE

gur'-ga-shit (girgashi; Gergesaios; also punctuated (?) Girgasite (Ge 10:16 the King James Version)): A son of (the land of) Canaan (Ge 10:16), and accordingly enumerated along with the Canaanite' in the list of tribes or nationalities inhabiting that country (Ge 15:21; De 7:1; Jos 3:10; 24:11; Ne 9:8). It has been supposed that the name survived in that of "the Gergesenes," the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "the Gadarenes"), of Mt 8:28, on the East side of the Sea of Galilee; Josephus (Ant., I, vi, 2), however, states that nothing was known about it. The inscriptions of the Egyptian king, Ramses II, mention the Qarqish who sent help to the Hittites in their war with Egypt; but Qarqish was more probably in Asia Minor than in Syria. Pinches (The Old Testament in the Light of the Historical Records, 324) would identify the Girgashites with the Kirkishati of an Assyrian tablet; the latter people, however, seem to have lived to the East of the Tigris, and it may be that, as in the case of the Hittites, a colony of the Qarqish, from Asia Minor, was established in Palestine.

 

A. H. Sayce

 

 

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Map of the 7 Nations of Ancient Canaan

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"Seven nations greater and mightier than you" Deuteronomy 7:1

 

Introduction

The 7 Nations of Canaan

The Canaanites

The Amorites

The Hittites

The Jebusites

The Hivites

The Perizzites

The Girgashites

 

Smith's Bible Dictionary

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

 

The Seven Nations of Canaan - Devotional

 

Also See:

 

Relief of an Ancient Canaanite

Table of Nations in Genesis 10

Early Inhabitants and Giants in Canaan

 


Map of the 7 Nations of Ancient Canaan

Bible History Online