Kiriath Jearim

Kiriath Jearim occupies the hill in the center.  Behind it is the Israeli Arab village of Abu Gosh, and the hill to the right is occupied by Moshav Yad HaShmonah. 

City of Jaars; i.e., of woods or forests

A Gibeonite town (Josh. 9:17) on the border of Benjamin, to which tribe it was assigned (Josh. 18:15, 28). The ark was brought to this place (1 Sam. 7:1, 2) from Beth-shemesh and put in charge of Abinadab, a Levite. Here it remained till it was removed by David to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6:2, 3, 12; 1 Chr. 15:1-29; compare Ps. 132). It was also called Baalah (Josh. 15:9) and Kirjath-baal (Josh. 15:60).

The words of Ps. 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.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
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