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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Jonathan 
  n  :  red  late-ripening  apple;  primarily  eaten  raw  [syn:  {Jonathan}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Jonathan 
  whom  Jehovah  gave  the  name  of  fifteen  or  more  persons  that  are 
  mentioned  in  Scripture.  The  chief  of  these  are  (1.)  A  Levite 
  descended  from  Gershom  (Judg.  18:30).  His  history  is  recorded  in 
  17:7-13  and  18:30.  The  Rabbins  changed  this  name  into  Manasseh 
  "to  screen  the  memory  of  the  great  lawgiver  from  the  stain  of 
  having  so  unworthy  an  apostate  among  his  near  descendants."  He 
  became  priest  of  the  idol  image  at  Dan,  and  this  office 
  continued  in  his  family  till  the  Captivity. 
 
  (2.)  The  eldest  son  of  king  Saul,  and  the  bosom  friend  of 
  David.  He  is  first  mentioned  when  he  was  about  thirty  years  of 
  age,  some  time  after  his  father's  accession  to  the  throne  (1 
  Sam.  13:2).  Like  his  father,  he  was  a  man  of  great  strength  and 
  activity  (2  Sam.  1:23),  and  excelled  in  archery  and  slinging  (1 
  Chr.  12:2;2  Sam.  1:22).  The  affection  that  evidently  subsisted 
  between  him  and  his  father  was  interrupted  by  the  growth  of 
  Saul's  insanity.  At  length,  "in  fierce  anger,"  he  left  his 
  father's  presence  and  cast  in  his  lot  with  the  cause  of  David  (1 
  Sam.  20:34).  After  an  eventful  career,  interwoven  to  a  great 
  extent  with  that  of  David,  he  fell,  along  with  his  father  and 
  his  two  brothers,  on  the  fatal  field  of  Gilboa  (1  Sam.  31:2,  8). 
  He  was  first  buried  at  Jabesh-gilead,  but  his  remains  were 
  afterwards  removed  with  those  of  his  father  to  Zelah,  in 
  Benjamin  (2  Sam.  21:12-14).  His  death  was  the  occasion  of 
  David's  famous  elegy  of  "the  Song  of  the  Bow"  (2  Sam.  1:17-27). 
  He  left  one  son  five  years  old  Merib-baal,  or  Mephibosheth  (2 
  Sam.  4:4;  comp.  1  Chr.  8:34). 
 
  (3.)  Son  of  the  high  priest  Abiathar,  and  one  who  adhered  to 
  David  at  the  time  of  Absalom's  rebellion  (2  Sam.  15:27,  36).  He 
  is  the  last  descendant  of  Eli  of  whom  there  is  any  record. 
 
  (4.)  Son  of  Shammah,  and  David's  nephew,  and  also  one  of  his 
  chief  warriors  (2  Sam.  21:21).  He  slew  a  giant  in  Gath. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Jonathan,  given  of  God 
 




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