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Smith's Bible Dictionary [1]

Kir'jath-je'arim. (The City Of Forests). First mentioned as one of the four cities of the Gibeonites,  Joshua 9:17, it next occurs as one of the landmarks of the northern boundary of Judah,  Joshua 15:9, and as the point at which the western and southern boundaries of Benjamin coincided,  Joshua 18:14-15, and in the last two passages, we find that it bore another, perhaps earlier, name - that of the great Canaanite deity Baal, namely Baalah and Kirjath-Baal .

At this place, the Ark remained for twenty years.  1 Samuel 7:2. At the close of that time, Kirjath-jearim lost its sacred treasure, on its removal by David to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.  1 Chronicles 13:5-6;  2 Chronicles 1:4;  2 Samuel 6:2 etc. To Eusebius and Jerome, it appears to have been well known. They describe it as a village at the ninth mile between Jerusalem and Diospolis (Lydda). These requirements are exactly fulfilled in the small modern village of Kuriet-El-Enab - now usually known as Abu Gosh , from the robber chief whose headquarters it was - on the road from Jaffa and Jerusalem.

People's Dictionary of the Bible [2]

Kirjath-jearim ( Kir'Jath-Jç'A-Rĭm ), R. V., Kiriath-Jearim, The City Of Woods. One of the four cities of the Gibeonites,  Joshua 9:17, situated on the border of Judah and Benjamin,  Joshua 15:9;  Joshua 18:14-15, but belonging to Judah,  Joshua 15:60;  Judges 18:12; was also called Baalah,  Joshua 15:9-10, or Baale of Judah,  2 Samuel 6:2, or Kirjath-baal. Hither the ark was brought from Beth-shemesh,  1 Samuel 6:21;  1 Samuel 7:1-2, and here it remained until it was removed by David.  1 Chronicles 13:5;  2 Chronicles 1:4. The prophet Urijah, who was put to death by Jehoiakim,  Jeremiah 26:20, was born here, and after the captivity the people of the city returned in numbers to it.  Nehemiah 7:29.

Easton's Bible Dictionary [3]

 Joshua 9:17 1 Samuel 7:1,2 2 Samuel 6:2,3,12 1 Chronicles 15:1-29 Psalm 132 Joshua 15:9Kirjath

The words of   Psalm 132:6 , "We found it in the fields of the wood," refer to the sojourn of the ark at Kirjath-jearim. "Wood" is here the rendering of the Hebrew word Jaar , Which is the singular of Jearim .

Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary [4]

The city of woods,  Joshua 15:9 so called from Jahar, a forest.

Holman Bible Dictionary [5]


Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [6]

Lieut. Conder regards this as as different place from the simple KIRJATH, andwas inclined at first to locate it at Soba (Tent Work, 1:22), but finally at Khurbet Erma, two and a quarter milessouth of Chesalon or Kesla (Memoirs accompanying the Ordnance Survey, 3:46 sq., where he argues the question at length); but most geographers still incline to the position at Kuryet Enab (or simply el-Kuryet), a full description of the archaeology of which is given in the same Memoirs (3:132 sq.).