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  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  a  town  on  the  east  of  Jordan,  on  the  top  of  one  of  the  green 
  hills  of  Gilead,  within  the  limits  of  the  half  tribe  of 
  Manasseh,  and  in  full  view  of  Beth-shan.  It  is  first  mentioned 
  in  connection  with  the  vengeance  taken  on  its  inhabitants 
  because  they  had  refused  to  come  up  to  Mizpeh  to  take  part  with 
  Israel  against  the  tribe  of  Benjamin  (Judg.  21:8-14).  After  the 
  battles  at  Gibeah,  that  tribe  was  almost  extinguished,  only  six 
  hundred  men  remaining.  An  expedition  went  against  Jabesh-Gilead, 
  the  whole  of  whose  inhabitants  were  put  to  the  sword,  except 
  four  hundred  maidens,  whom  they  brought  as  prisoners  and  sent  to 
  "proclaim  peace"  to  the  Benjamites  who  had  fled  to  the  crag 
  Rimmon.  These  captives  were  given  to  them  as  wives,  that  the 
  tribe  might  be  saved  from  extinction  (Judg.  21). 
  This  city  was  afterwards  taken  by  Nahash,  king  of  the 
  Ammonites,  but  was  delivered  by  Saul,  the  newly-elected  king  of 
  Israel.  In  gratitude  for  this  deliverance,  forty  years  after 
  this  the  men  of  Jabesh-Gilead  took  down  the  bodies  of  Saul  and 
  of  his  three  sons  from  the  walls  of  Beth-shan,  and  after  burning 
  them  buried  the  bones  under  a  tree  near  the  city  (1  Sam. 
  31:11-13).  David  thanked  them  for  this  act  of  piety  (2  Sam. 
  2:4-6),  and  afterwards  transferred  the  remains  to  the  royal 
  sepulchre  (21:14).  It  is  identified  with  the  ruins  of  ed-Deir, 
  about  6  miles  south  of  Pella,  on  the  north  of  the  Wady  Yabis.