(jab' nih ehl) Place name meaning, “God builds.”1. Town marking northwestern boundary of tribal territory of Judah in land of Philistines (Joshua 15:11); modern Yibna. Uzziah took the town, called by the shortened Hebrew form Jabneh, from the Philistines (2 Chronicles 26:6).
Later the city was called Jamnia and became a center of scribal activity for the Jews. See Bible, Formation and Canon of. 2. Town in Naphtali's tribal territory (Joshua 19:33); modern tell en-Naam or khirbet Yemma, west-southwest of the Sea of Galilee and northeast of Mount Tabor.
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