Also known as Jabneel, meaning, “God builds.” A town marking northwestern boundary of tribal territory of Judah in land of Philistines (Josh. 15:11); modern Yibna. Uzziah took the town, called by the shortened Hebrew form Jabneh, from the Philistines (2 Chron. 26:6). Later the city was called Jamnia and became a center of scribal activity for the Jews.

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary