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Beeroth

Beeroth [N] [H] [S]

wells, one of the four cities of the Hivites which entered by fraud into a league with Joshua. It belonged to Benjamin ( Joshua 18:25 ). It has by some been identified with el-Bireh on the way to Nablus, 10 miles north of Jerusalem.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Beeroth". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Beeroth [N] [E] [S]

wells; explaining
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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Bibliography Information

Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Beeroth'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

BEEROTH

be-e'-roth, be'-er-oth (be'eroth; Beroth):

One of the cities of the Canaanites whose inhabitants succeeded in deceiving Israel, and in making a covenant with them (Joshua 9:3). Apparently they were Hivites (Joshua 9:7). The occasion on which the Beerothites fled to Gittaim where they preserved their communal identity is not indicated. The town was reckoned to Benjamin (2 Samuel 4:2). Eusebius, Onomasticon places it under Gibeon, 7 Roman miles from Jerusalem on the way to Nicopolis (Amwas). If we follow the old road by way of Gibeon (el-Jib) and Bethhoron, Beeroth would lie probably to the Northwest of el-Jib. The traditional identification is with el-Bireh, about 8 miles from Jerusalem on the great north road. If the order in which the towns are mentioned (Joshua 9:17; 18:25) is any guide as to position, el-Bireh is too far to the Northwest. The identification is precarious. To Beeroth belonged the murderers of Ish-bosheth (2 Samuel 4:2), and Naharai, Joab's armor- bearer (2 Samuel 23:37; 1 Chronicles 11:39). It was reoccupied after the Exile (Ezra 2:25; Nehemiah 7:29).

W. Ewing


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'BEEROTH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.