Jair the eighth Judge of Israel

Judges 10:3-5. Jair a Gileadite was Israel’s Judge or ruler for twenty-two years, 1126BC-1104BC. It seems to have a peaceful time for Israel as not much is said about Jair’s time as a judge or leader.

Jair had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys, which means he had a large family and a lot of money; only the rich could have so many donkeys. A donkey back then was like an expensive car is today.

Jair in Hebrew means: Jah enlightens. Jah is one the names for God.

It was during this period that Boaz married Ruth. 1120BC.

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Jair, Israel’s eighth Judge

10:3 After him, Jair the Gileadite arose and governed Israel for 22 years. 3 His 30 sons rode on 30 donkeys, controlling 30 cities in the territory of Gilead named Havvoth-jair to this day. 5 Jair died and was buried in Kamon.
Judges 10:3-5

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