was in the hands of the Philistines in the reign of Asa, ( 1 Kings 15:21 ) ( 16:15 ) ; and in the same place Jerom F20 calls Gabatha a city of the strangers, or Philistines; and which lie places near Bethlehem in the tribe of Judah;
is not the same with Baalah, ( Joshua 15:29 ) ; but the Baalath rebuilt by Solomon, ( 1 Kings 9:18 ) ; called by Josephus F21 Baleth, and spoken of by him as near to Gazara in the land of the Philistines; of these two last cities, the Talmudists F23 say that their houses belonged to Judah, and their fields to Dan.
F20 De loc. Heb. fol. 92. C.
F21 Antiqu. l. 8. c. 6. sect. 1.
F23 T. Hieros. Sanhedrin, fol. 18. 3.