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Illustration from the
Navarre Picture Bible
Pamplona, Spain, 1197AD
Although the stories portrayed in the illustrations are ancient, the figures wear 12th century Navarrese costume.
Battle of Mount Gilboa
Bataille du mont Gelboé
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The Death of Saul and His Sons
31 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and many fell on Mount Gilboa.
2 The Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
3 The battle pressed hard upon Saul; the archers found him, and he was badly wounded by them.
4 Then Saul said to his armour-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, so that these uncircumcised may not come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.’ But his armour-bearer was unwilling; for he was terrified. So Saul took his own sword and fell upon it.
5 When his armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him.
6 So Saul and his three sons and his armour-bearer and all his men died together on the same day.
(1 Samuel 31:1-6)
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Death of Saul at the Battle of Mount Gilboa in the 11th century Roda Bible, Spain
Death of Saul at the Battle of Mount Gilboa in the 12th century Winchester Bible
Death of Saul at the Battle of Mount Gilboa in The Morgan Crusader Bible of Louis IX or Maciejowski Bible or The Bible of Shah Abbas