Joshua 16:2

2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz),[a] crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth,

Joshua 16:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 And goeth out from Bethel to Luz, and passeth along unto the borders of Archi to Ataroth,
ESV
2 Then going from Bethel to Luz, it passes along to Ataroth, the territory of the Archites.
NLT
2 From Bethel (that is, Luz) it ran over to Ataroth in the territory of the Arkites.
MSG
2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz) to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth.
CSB
2 From Bethel it went to Luz and proceeded to the border of the Archites by Ataroth.

Joshua 16:2 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 16:2

And goeth out from Bethel to Luz
For though these two places in time became one, yet they were originally distinct. Bethel, at which Jacob stopped, and who gave it its name, was a field adjacent to the city of Luz, ( Genesis 38:11 Genesis 38:19 ) ; and therefore with propriety may be, as they here are, distinguished:

and passeth along unto the borders Archi to Ataroth;
or to Archiataroth; these two words being the name of one and the same place, and to be joined as they are, in the Greek version, and others; and is the same with Atarothaddar, ( Joshua 16:5 ) ( 18:13 ) . Ataroth was its proper name, but it had these additional epithets to distinguish it from another Ataroth; see ( Joshua 16:7 ) ; Jerom F2 makes mention of Atharoth by Ramma, in the tribe of Joseph, and of another in the tribe of Ephraim, now a village at the north of Sebaste, or Samaria, four miles from it, called Atharus; the former is here meant.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 De loc. Heb. fol. 88. G.

Joshua 16:2 In-Context

1 The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel.
2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz), crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth,
3 descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea.
4 So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance.
5 This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans: The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Genesis 28:19; Joshua 18:13
  • 2. 2 Samuel 15:32
  • 3. S ver 5; S Numbers 32:3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Septuagint; Hebrew "Bethel to Luz"