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Jair (Hebrew יָאִ֖יר, enlightener) (fl. 2830 AM–2852 AM) (fl. 1174-1152 BC)[1] was the ninth Judge of Israel. He was a Gadite and came from the land of Gilead. He had thirty sons, and each son controlled a city in Israel. (Judges 10:3-5 )

Sadly, the combined Philistine and Ammonite oppression of Israel began in the fifth year of his term. In the thirteenth year, Eli the Ithamarite became High Priest of Israel.[2]


  1. Jones, Floyd M., The Chronology of the Old Testament, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2004, p. 279
  2. Jones, op. cit., Chart 4

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