Joshua 19:38

38 And Iron, and Migdalel, Horem, and Bethanath, and Bethshemesh; nineteen* cities with their villages.

Joshua 19:38 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 19:38

And Iron
Of Iron no mention is made elsewhere;

and Migdalel,
which Jerom calls Magdiel, he says F13 was shown a small village, five miles from Dara, as you go to Ptolemais;

and Horem
is not mentioned anywhere elsewhere;

and Bethanath;
Jerom also relates F14, that Bathana, in the tribe of Naphtali, was a village that went by the name of Betbanes, fifteen miles from Caesarea;

and Bethshemesh
was another city, in which was a temple dedicated to the sun, when inhabited by the Canaanites; see ( Joshua 19:22 ) ; and so in Bethanath there might be a temple dedicated to some deity, though now uncertain what:

nineteen cities with their villages;
there are more mentioned, but some of them might be only boundaries, and so belonged to another tribe.


F13 De loc. Heb. fol. 93. L.
F14 Ibid. fol. 89. H.

Joshua 19:38 In-Context

36 And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor,
37 And Kedesh, and Edrei, and Enhazor,
38 And Iron, and Migdalel, Horem, and Bethanath, and Bethshemesh; nineteen cities with their villages.
39 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.
40 And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families.