Libnah or Lobna (Hebrew: לִבְנָה, whiteness; Latin: Lobna) was a town in the Kingdom of Judah. The town of Libnah revolted during the reign of King Jehoram of Judah, according to II Chronicles (21:10), because he "had abandoned [the] God of his fathers."
Josiah, King of Judah, married Hamutal, daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah (1 Chronicles 3:15; 2 Kings 23:31-32;2 Kings 24:17-18; Jeremiah 22:11). Two of their sons, Jehoahaz and Zedekiah also became Kings of Judah. Libnah was one of the places the Israelites stopped on the Exodus. (Joshua 10:29)
As recorded in the Bible at 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37, in 732 BCE , 185,000 Assyrian soldiers under King Sennacherib were killed by an angel of God while encamped near Libnah, thwarting their advance from Lachish to Jerusalem.
Possible Sites and Excavations
- The excavators of Tell Zeitah have suggested it as a possible location of Libnah. 
- An excavation has been initiated at Tel Burna, which has also been identified as the possible site of Libnah. 
- Cf. the excavation's website (The Zeitah Excavations - Introduction)
- Tel Burna Excavation website (The Tel Burna Excavation Project)
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