One of Solomon’s twelve purveyors for southern Gilead (1Kgs.4.13; niv “Ben Geber”).The son of Uri. He was over great pasture lands east of the Jordan (1Kgs.4.19). The two Gebers are sometimes identified as the same person.
GEBER ge’ bər
, strong one
). The name of two men listed among the twelve officers appointed to provide food for Solomon’s household. 1. Ben-geber (1 Kings 4:13
) in charge of the district around Ramoth-gilead, E of the Jordan.
2. Geber (1 Kings 4:19) the son of Uri, in charge of the district of Gilead, also E of the Jordan, but prob. S of Ramoth-gilead.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(gebher, "man," "strong one"):
(1) According to 1Ki 4:13 the King James Version the father of one of the 12 officers who provided food for Solomon and his household (but here the Revised Version (British and American) "Ben-geber"). His district lay to the Northeast of Jordan.
(2) Another, and the last in the list of Solomon’s commissariat officers (1Ki 4:19). His district was also East of the Jordan, but probably to the South of that named in connection with the official of 4:13 (the Revised Version (British and American) "Ben-geber"). According to the rendering of English Versions of the Bible, he is said to have been "the only officer that was in the land." Unless the text, which presents some difficulties, is corrupt, as some suppose, it probably means that this large region was assigned to one official because less able than the others to furnish the required supplies.