BOZEZ (bō'zĕz). A rocky crag near Gibeah (1Sam.14.4). Because one of General Allenby’s officers read this account, the British followed the route of Jonathan and attacked the Turks here in a.d. 1918, conquering them even as Jonathan and his armor-bearer defeated the Philistines.
, bō’ zĭz
). The northern of two rocky crags (the southern was called Seneh) situated on either side of the pass of Michmash (1 Sam 14:4
). It was apparently this crag, or near it, that Jonathan and his armorbearer climbed when attacking the Philistine outpost. The exact spot has not been identified although doubtless both lay near the sharp bend of the pass (modern Wadi es-Suweinît). See S. R. Driver, Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Samuel2
(1913), 106; and esp. L. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible
(1963), 68, 189, 190.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
The name of the northern of the two cliffs that stand one on each side of the gorge of Michmash (1Sa 14:4). It catches the sun during most of the day, while the southern cliff is in the shade. To this circumstance it may owe its name, "shining." "The contrast is surprising and picturesque between the dark coal color of the south side, and the ruddy or tawny tints of the northern cliff, crowned with the gleaming white of the upper chalky strata. The picture is unchanged since the day when Jonathan looked over to the white camping ground of the Philistines, and Bozez must have then shone as brightly as it does now, in the full light of an eastern sun" (Conder, Tent Work, 256).