Hagrites (Hag´rits)

The name of a tribe with whom the eastern Israelite tribes of Reuben and Gad and the eastern half-tribe of Manasseh fought and whom they eventually defeated in the time of Saul (ca. 1000 BCE). Their territory lay east of the Jordan beyond Gilead in northern Arabia (1Chr 5:10; 1Chr 19-20:10). The similarity between the tribal name Hagrite and the personal name Hagar suggests to some scholars that the early Jewish historians saw some connection between this tribe and the Ishmaelites; however, such a connection is not certain. The Hagrites are listed with the traditional enemies of Israel, including the Ishmaelites (Ps 83:6), although Jaziz the Hagrite was the overseer of the royal flocks under David (1Chr 27:30 [v. 31 in some versions]), and another Hagrite may have fought with David (1Chr 11:38, although “Gadite” in 2Sam 23:36).

1Chr 5:10

10And in the days of Saul they made war on the Hagrites, who fell by their hand; and they lived in their tents throughout all the region east of Gilead.

1Chr 19-20:10

Defeat of the Ammonites and Arameans
1Some time afterward, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son succeeded him.2David said, “I will deal loyally with H ... View more

Ps 83:6

6the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,

1Chr 27:30

30Over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite. Over the donkeys was Jehdeiah the Meronothite. Over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagrite.

1Chr 11:38

38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri,

2Sam 23:36

36Igal son of Nathan of Zobah; Bani the Gadite;

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