Hebrew: יְב֔וּס —transliteration: Jebus or Yebus
This was the name of a Canaanite city which stood on Mount Zion (Joshua 15:8; 18:16, 28). The name Jebus occurs 4 times in Scriptures. Its inhabitants are called Jebusites. Jebus was later renamed Jerusalem.
The city is first identified with Jerusalem in Judges 19:10, and with the castle or City of David (1 Chronicles 11:4-5). It was a place of great natural strength, and its capture was one of David’s most brilliant achievements (2 Samuel 5:8).
The site on which Solomon’s Temple was afterwards built belonged to Araunah, a Jebusite, from whom it was purchased by David, who refused to accept it as a free gift (2 Samuel 24:16-25; 1 Chronicles 21:24-25). See: ARAUNAH, the Jebusite
- Cities of the Bible
- City of David
- fenced cities
- Gihon Spring
- Mount Moriah
- Old Gate
- Mount Zion