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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Gath 
  a  wine-vat,  one  of  the  five  royal  cities  of  the  Philistines 
  (Josh.  13:3)  on  which  the  ark  brought  calamity  (1  Sam.  5:8,  9; 
  6:17).  It  was  famous  also  as  being  the  birthplace  or  residence 
  of  Goliath  (1  Sam.  17:4).  David  fled  from  Saul  to  Achish,  king 
  of  Gath  (1  Sam.  21:10;  27:2-4;  Ps  56),  and  his  connection  with 
  it  will  account  for  the  words  in  2  Sam.  1:20.  It  was  afterwards 
  conquered  by  David  (2  Sam.  8:1).  It  occupied  a  strong  position 
  on  the  borders  of  Judah  and  Philistia  (1  Sam.  21:10;  1  Chr. 
  18:1).  Its  site  has  been  identified  with  the  hill  called  Tell 
  esSafieh  the  Alba  Specula  of  the  Middle  Ages,  which  rises  695 
  feet  above  the  plain  on  its  east  edge.  It  is  noticed  on 
  monuments  about  B.C.  1500.  (See  {METHEGAMMAH}.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Gath,  a  wine-press 
 




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