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A plain three days’ march from Nineveh, from which Holofernes launched his assault on Put and Lud (Judith 2:21–23).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BECTILETH (PLACE) [Gk Bektileth (Βεκτιλεθ)]. Unidentified plain in or near northern Cilicia (Jdt 2:21). According to the author of the book of Judith, it is located a three-days’ march W of Nineveh. It is sometimes identified with Bakataïlloi, located to the south of Syrian Antioch, or with Beqʾah, a
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bectileth bekʹtə-leth [GK. Baikteilaith]. A plain, described as three days’ march from Nineveh, “near the mountain which is to the north of Upper Cilicia” (Jth. 2:21). But upper Cilicia is N of the Taurus Mountains, 300 mi (480 km) from Nineveh, and far out of the way for Holofernes, according to the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BECTILETH<bek’-ti-leth> ([τὸ πεδίον Βαικτειλαίθ, to pedion Baikteilaith]): A plain which is defined as “near the mountain which is at the left hand of the upper Cilicia” (Judith 2:21). The name in Syriac is Beth QeTilath, “house of slaughter.” So far there is no clue to its identification.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Bectileth bek′tuh-leth (Βεκτιλεθ). A plain somewhere between Nineveh and N Cilicia, but possibly fictitious (Jdt. 2:21). Holofernes is said to have reached it after a march of three days from Nineveh. It is described as being “near the mountain that is to the north of Upper Cilicia.” From there Holofernes
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BECTILETH bek´tuh-leth [Βεκτιλέθ Bektileth]. The plain of Bectileth, near Cilicia in southeast Asia Minor, a stop on the Assyrian military campaign in Judith (Jdt 2:21). Its location roughly 300 mi. west of Nineveh, a distance that the army traverses in a mere three days, is logistically impossible,