built by God. (1.) A town in the north boundary of Judah (Jos 15:11), called afterwards by the Greeks Jamnia, the modern Yebna, 11 miles south of Jaffa. After the fall of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), it became one of the most populous cities of Judea, and the seat of a celebrated school.
(2.) A town on the border of Naphtali (Jos 19:33). Its later name was Kefr Yemmah, "the village by the sea," on the south shore of Lake Merom.
1. On the northern boundary of Judah, near the sea (Jos 15:11); Josephus (Ant. 5:1, section 22) assigns it to Daniel That tribe and the Philistines were in constant warfare for the towns in the lowland. So in 2Ch 26:6 it was in the Philistines' possession, and had its wall broken down by Uzziah. Its harbour, like that of Ascalon and Gaza, was called Majumas, "the place on the sea." it had a school of learned doctors at the time of the fall of Jerusalem. The burial place of Gamaliel, according to Jewish tradition. Under the crusaders it was called Ibelin, and gave a title to a line of counts. Now Yebna or Ibna, 11 miles S. of Jaffa, four from Akir (Ekron).
2. A landmark on Naphtali' s boundary (Jos 19:33); in the hills N.W. of the lake of Galilee.
1. A town on the N. border of Judah, near Mt. Baalah, and close to the sea (Jos 15:11). In 2Ch 26:6 it is mentioned under the name Jabneh, along with Gath and Ashdod, as one of the cities captured from the Philistines by Uzziah. Although these are the only OT references, it is frequently mentioned (under the name Jamnia) in the Books of Maccabees (1Ma 4:15; 1Ma 5:58; 1Ma 10:69; 1Ma 15:40, 2Ma 12:8-9; 2Ma 12:40) and in Josephus. Judas is said to have burned its harbour; it was captured by Simon from the Syrians. In Jdt 2:28 it is called Jemnaan. After various vicissitudes it was captured in the war of the Jews by Vespasian. After the destruction of Jerusalem, Jabneel, now called Jamnia, became the home of the Sanhedrin. At the time of the Crusades the castle Ibelin stood on the site. To-day the village of Yebna stands on the ruined remains of these ancient occupations. It stands 170 feet above the sea on a prominent hill S. of the Wady Rubin. The ancient Majumas or harbour of Jamnia lies to the West. 'The port would seem to be naturally better than any along the coast of Palestine S. of C
Jab'neel Jabneh. Jab'neh
2. Border city of Naphtali. Jos 19:33. Identified with Yemma, 32 42' N, 35 30' E.
(building of God).
1. One of the points on the northern boundary of Judah, not quite at the sea, though near it.
There is no sign, however, of its ever having been occupied by Judah. Josephus attributes it to the Danites. There was a constant struggle going on between that tribe and the Philistines for the possession of all the places in the lowland plains, and it is not surprising that the next time we meet with Jabneel it should be in the hands of the latter.
Uzziah dispossessed them of it and demolished its fortifications. Called also JABNEH. At the time of the fall of Jerusalem, Jabneh was one of the most populous places of Judea. The modern village of Yebna, more accurately Ibna, stands about two miles from the sea, on a slight eminence just south of the Nahr Rubin.
2. One of the landmarks on the boundary of Naphtali,
in upper Galilee.