1 A leader in the conquest of Bashan, probably before the Jews crossed the Jordan, B. C. 1451. Twenty-three cities near Argob were called after him Havoth-jair, which see.
2. The eighth judge of Israel, in Gilead of Manasseh, B. C. 1210. He seems to have been a descendant and heir of the former, Jg 10:3-5.
enlightener. (1.) The son of Segub. He was brought up with his mother in Gilead, where he had possessions (1Ch 2:22). He distinguished himself in an expedition against Bashan, and settled in the part of Argob on the borders of Gilead. The small towns taken by him there are called Havoth-jair, i.e., "Jair's villages" (Nu 32:41; De 3:14; Jos 13:30).
(2.) The eighth judge of Israel, which he ruled for twenty-two years. His opulence is described in Jg 10:3-5. He had thirty sons, each riding on "ass colts." They had possession of thirty of the sixty cities (1Ki 4:13; 1Ch 2:23) which formed the ancient Havoth-jair.
(3.) A Benjamite, the father of Mordecai, Esther's uncle (Es 2:5).
(4.) The father of Elhanan, who slew Lahmi, the brother of Goliath (1Ch 20:5).
("splendid, shining") (See ARGOB; BASHAN HAVOTH JAIR.)
1. On his father's side, of Judah; on his mother's side, of Manasseh. Son of Segub, who was son of Hezron by his third wife, daughter and heiress in part of Machir (father of Gilead) of Manasseh (1Ch 2:21-23; De 3:14-15). His designation from his mother, not his father, was probably owing to his settling in Manasseh E. of Jordan. His brilliant exploit was, he took Argob or Trachonitis, the Lejah, and called from his own name certain villages or groups of tents ("kraals"), 23 originally, Havoth Jair (Nu 32:41), afterward increased to 30 (Jg 10:4).
2. The Gileadite judge. His 30 sons rode 30 asses, and had 30 cities, the number to which the original Havoth Jair had grown.
3. A Benjamite, son of Kish, father of Mordecai (Es 2:5).
4. A different Hebrew name, though in English Jair, or Jeer (Hebrew text or kethib). Father of Elhanan, one of David's heroes who slew Lahmi, Goliath's brother (1Ch 20:5).
1. A clan of Jairites lived on the east of Jordan who were called after Jair. This Jair was of the children of Manasseh (Nu 32:41), and
1. Son of Segub, a descendant of Judah but called 'son of Manasseh' from his mother the daughter of Machir. He is also called one of 'the sons of Machir, the father of Gilead.' He conquered the territory of Argob with some towns, which he called HAVOTH-JAIR, 'the towns of Jair.' Nu 32:41; De 3:14; Jos 13:30; 1Ki 4:13; 1Ch 2:22-23.
2. A Gileadite who judged Israel twenty-two years. Jg 10:3-5. He had thirty sons, who had thirty cities in the land of Gilead, which were also called 'HAVOTH-JAIR.'
3. A Benjamite, father of Mordecai. Es 2:5.
1. A man who on his father's side was descended from Judah, and on his mother's from Manasseh. (B.C. 1451.) During, the conquest he took the whole of the tract of Argob
and in addition possessed himself of some nomad villages in Gilead, which he called after his own name Havoth-Jair.
2. JAIR THE GILEADITE, who judged Israel for two-and-twenty years.
(B.C. 1160.) He had thirty sons, and possessed thirty cities in the land of Gilead, which like those of their namesakes were called Havoth-jair.
3. A Benjamite, son of Kish and father of Mordecai.
(B.C. before 598.)
4. The father of Elhanan, one of the heroes of David's army.
JAIR, of the family of Manasseh. He possessed a large canton beyond Jordan; the whole country of Argob, as far as the borders of Geshur and Maachathi, Jg 10:3. He succeeded Tola in the judicature or government of the Israelites, and was himself succeeded by Jephthah. His government continued twenty-two years; from A.M. 2795 to 2817. Jair had thirty sons, who rode on asses, and were lords or governors of thirty towns, called Havoth-jair. He was buried at Camon beyond Jordan.