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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Beth-Aven
Beth-Aven (בֵּית אָוֶן‎, beith awen). A city assigned to the tribe of Benjamin (Josh 7:2; 18:12; 1 Sam 13:5; 14:23). The city should not be confused with the same term in Hos 4:15, 5:8 and 10:5, where it is used as a pejorative for Bethel and means “house of wickedness” or “house of idolatry.”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Beth-Aven (Place)
BETH-AVEN (PLACE) [Heb bêt ʾāwen (בֵּית אָוֶן‎); bêt ʾôn (בֵּית אֹון‎)]. 1. A city of Benjamin located near the Ephraimite border between Jericho and Bethel/Luz (Josh 18:12). 1 Sam 13:5 locates Michmash E of Beth-aven, while 14:23 narrates that Israelites under Jonathan pursued Philistine soldiers
Aven (Place)
AVEN (PLACE) [Heb ʾāwen (אָוֶן)]. A Hebrew word meaning “idolatry,” “iniquity,” or “nothingness” used by the OT prophets as a derogatory substitute or wordplay in certain place names. Since the Hebrew words ʾôn (“power” or “riches”) and ʾāwen have identical consonants, Aven may be a derisive pun.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beth-aven
Beth-aven. 1. Town in Benjamin’s territory, located west of Michmash on the border of the wilderness, near Ai, to the east of Bethel (Jos 7:2; 18:12; 1 Sm 13:5; 14:23).2. Term used by Hosea contemptuously to refer to Bethel, an ancient center of worship, because the “House of God” (Bethel) had become
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beth-Aven
Beth-Aven beth-āʹvən [Heb. bêṯ’āwen—‘house (place) of nothing’; Gk. Baithōn, Baithaun]. A place near Ai (Josh. 7:2), on the northern boundary of Benjamin (Josh. 18:12). According to 1 S. 13:5, Michmash was E of Beth-aven; but this cannot be if the latter was near Ai. The Greek texts indicate a
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beth-Aven
BETH-AVEN1. Town in Benjamin’s territory, located west of Michmash on the border of the wilderness, near Ai, to the east of Bethel (Jos 7:2; 18:12; 1 Sm 13:5; 14:23).2. Term used by Hosea contemptuously to refer to Bethel, an ancient center of worship, because the “House of God” (Bethel) had become
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Beth-Aven
Beth-aven (beth-ay´vuhn).1 A location near Ai (Josh. 7:2).2 A regional designation for the northwest corner of land allotted to Benjamin (Josh. 18:12). In 1 Sam. 13:5 it is placed west of Michmash; Saul’s conflict with the Philistines moved “beyond” it into Ephraimite territory (14:23). The prophet
Aven (Valley)
Aven (ay´ven; Heb., “evil power”).1 A term used to describe Bethel in Hosea’s indictment (10:9). As such, it was an abbreviation for Beth-aven (“house of wickedness”), a pejorative term for Bethel used in Hos. 4:15; 5:8; 10:5. See also Beth-aven.2 A derisive term for a valley mentioned in Amos 1:5.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beth-Aven
BETH-AVEN. A town in the territory of Benjamin, near Ai, E of Beth-el (Josh 7:2), W of Michmash (1 Sam 13:5; cf. 14:23), and on the border of a wilderness (Josh 18:12). This name, meaning “house of wickedness,” was given in contempt to Beth-el by Hosea after it had become a seat of idolatry and corrupt
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Beth-Aven
BETH-AVEN (Heb. bêṯ ’āwen, ‘house of iniquity’). Lying to the W of Michmash (1 Sa. 13:5) and possibly to be distinguished from the Beth-aven said to lie to the E of Bethel (Jos. 7:2). If these two are to be distinguished, it is impossible to be certain which is referred to as a N boundary mark for
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beth-Aven
Beth-Aven (Heb. bêṯ ʾāwen)A Benjaminite city situated near Ai and Bethel (Josh. 7:2; 18:12); according to 1 Sam. 13:5; 13:23, a city W of Michmash near Bethel. In Hosea Beth-aven (“house of wickedness”) becomes a pejorative name for Bethel (Hos. 4:15; 5:8; 10:5), because the golden calves made by
Aven
Aven (Heb. ʾāwen)1. An abbreviation of Beth-aven, the pejorative nickname (“House of Wickedness”) of the town and sanctuary of Bethel (“House of God”; Hos. 10:8; cf. Jer. 4:15). Amos first coined the derogatory pun (Amos 5:5), and Hosea embraced it (Hos. 4:15; 10:5).2. A derisive epithet for an Aramaean
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beth-Aven
Beth-Aven [bĕth āˊvən] (Heb. bêṯ ˒āwen “house of vanity” or “house of nothing”). According to 1 Sam. 13:5; 14:23, a city west of Michmash near Bethel, and according to Josh. 7:2; 18:12, a city near Ai and Bethel. In their condemnation of Israel’s spiritual idolatry, Hosea (Hos. 10:5; cf. 4:15;
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Beth-Aven
BETH-AVEN1. A wilderness that bordered the territory of Benjamin at its northwest corner (Josh 18:12).2. A disparaging term, meaning “house of wickedness,” that was used for the city of Bethel owing to the idolatry performed there by the Israelites (Hos 4:15; 10:5).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Beth-aven
Beth-a´ven (house of nothingness, i.e., of idols), a place on the mountains of Benjamin, east of Bethel, Josh. 7:2; 18:12, and lying between that place and Michmash. 1 Sam. 13:5; 14:23. In Hosea 4:15; 5:8; 10:5, the name is transferred to the neighboring Bethel,—once the “house of God,” but then the
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