And it went down from Johanan to Ataroth
This is different from Ataroth before mentioned, ( Joshua 16:2 ) ; there were several places of this name, as before observed; this seems to be that which Jerom places four miles from Sebaste or Samaria, (See Gill on Joshua 16:2);
and to Naarath;
Jerom F7 says, that Naarath was in his time called Naorath, a village of the Jews, five miles from Jericho; and is the village Josephus F8 calls Neara, where was a water, half of which Archelaus turned, and led to the field planted with palm trees, near Jericho; and, according to the Jewish writers F9: there was a place called Noaran near to Jericho, which seems to be this:
and came to Jericho, and went out at Jordan;
where it ended this way, which was eastward.
F7 De loc. Heb. fol. 93. I.
F8 Antiqu. l. 17. c. 15. sect. 1.
F9 Vajikra Rabba, sect. 23. fol. 164. 3. Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 9. 3. Echa Rabbati, fol. 50. 4.