GITTAIM (gĭt'ā-ĭm, Heb. gittayim, perhaps two wine presses). A town of Benjamin (Neh.11.31, Neh.11.33) to which the Beerothites fled, probably at the time of Saul’s cruelty (2Sam.4.3), and lived as protected strangers. The exact site is unknown.
GITTAIM gĭt’ ĭ əm
), a refuge near Beeroth in Benjamin mentioned in both 2 Samuel 4:3
, as the city to which two captains under Saul’s son fled, and in Nehemiah 11:33
as the location of one of the resettled groups of Israelites after the return. The name appears to be a dual, prob. derived from Heb. גַּת
, “a winepress.” Apparently the second place was NW of Jerusalem and not distant from Hazor, the modern Khurbet-Hazzur with which it is mentioned. Since such a name would be common enough in the hill country of northern Pal., there may be two separate locations involved.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
The town to which the Beerothites tied, and where they lived as gerim, or protected strangers (2Sa 4:3). The place need not have been beyond the boundaries of Benjamin, so it may be identical with Gittaim of Ne 11:33, which was occupied by Benjamites after the exile. It is named with Hazor and Ramah; but so far the site has not been discovered.