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Hebrew גְּשׁוּר
Founded 1971
Founded by Hashomer Hatzair members
Council Golan Regional Council
Region Golan Heights
District North
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Coordinates 32°49′10″N 35°42′56″E / 32.81944°N 35.71556°E / 32.81944; 35.71556Coordinates: 32°49′10″N 35°42′56″E / 32.81944°N 35.71556°E / 32.81944; 35.71556
Population 215 (2006)

Geshur (Hebrew: גְּשׁוּר‎, lit. Bridging) is an Israeli settlement, kibbutz, on the ridge of the southern Golan Heights.[1][2]

Modern day kibbutz Geshur

Founded in 1971 by Mapam's Hashomer Hatzair socialist-Zionist youth movement,[3] it is a member of the Kibbutz Movement and falls under the jurisdiction of Golan Regional Council. Geshur has a population of about 150 residents, of whom 35 are children.

The first Golan Heights vineyards were planted in Geshur and Yonatan by 1976.[4]

Geshur at the time of King David

According to the Bible, during the time of King David, the second King of Israel, Geshur was an independent kingdom (Joshua 13:13), and David even when he was just the King of the Kingdom of Judah married Maachah, a daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur. (2 Samuel 3:3, 1 Chronicles 3:2) Her son Absalom fled to his mother's native country, after the murder of his half-brother and David's eldest son, Amnon. Absalom stayed there for three years before being rehabilitated by David. (ib. 13:37, 15:8) Geshur was situated in the Golan, was close to and allied with the Kingdom of Israel but not to the Arameans, and managed to maintain its independence from the Aramean kingdoms until after the time of King Solomon, the third King of Israel.[5][6]

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