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Jonathan
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(from Hebrew Yeho natan, ‘God gave’). Name of several biblical figures as well as post-biblical people, especially of rabbis from the 2nd and 3rd cents. AD. The most important biblical figures by this name are 1) J., the son of Gerschom, according to Judges 18:30 a priest of the tribe of Dan, and 2) J., the son of Saul, the first king of Israel (1 Sam 13 and 14). The son of Saul is considered to be one of the noblest characters in the Bible. His sincere and close friendship with  David [1], that was, however, not highly regarded by Saul, is the subject of Haggadic stories ( Haggadah) t…

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Domhardt, Yvonne (Zürich), “Jonathan”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e526440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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