Beth-shemesh (of Naphtali)
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A fortified town assigned to the tribe of Naphtali (Josh 19:38). The tribe failed to drive out its Canaanite inhabitants, though Naphtali subjugated them to forced labor (Judg 1:33).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BETH-SHEMESH (PLACE) [Heb bêt šemeš (בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ), ʿı̂r šemeš (עִיר שֶׁמֶשׁ)]. The RSV has three towns with this name and the Heb MT has another.1. A town located in the NE Shephelah (M.R. 147128) in the Valley of Sorek and which played a small but significant role in Israel’s history. It was
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beth-shemesh. 1. Canaanite city on the northern border of Judah’s territory (Jos 15:10) and the southern border of Dan’s (before that tribe migrated north). Beth-shemesh means “the house (or temple) of Shamash,” the Canaanite sun god. As Ir-shemesh it was included in the list of cities of Dan (19:41).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beth-shemesh (of Naphtali)
3. The Beth-shemesh allotted to Naphtali (Josh. 19:38) has not been identified. It would seem to lie N (and W?) of the Sea of Galilee. If the Beth-shemesh of Jgs. 1:33 is the same (note that Beth-anath is mentioned next to Beth-shemesh in both passages), it was occupied by the Canaanites, who became
Beth-Shemesh beth-shemʹish [Heb. bêṯ šemeš—‘house of (the solar deity) Shemesh,’ rather than ‘house of the sun,’ which would require haš-šemeš].The name of four places mentioned in the OT, principally Beth-shemesh in Judah.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BETH-SHEMESH1. Canaanite city on the northern border of Judah’s territory (Jos 15:10) and the southern border of Dan’s (before that tribe migrated north). Beth-shemesh means “the house of Shamash,” the Canaanite sun god. As Ir-shemesh, it was included in the list of cities of Dan (19:41). Beth-shemesh
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Beth-shemesh (beth-sheh´mish; Heb., “house of sun”), the name of four cities that appear to have been centers for a sun cult.1 A city in the Valley of Sorek, sixteen miles southwest of Jerusalem, modern Tell er-Rumeileh (Ain Shems), on the highway to Ashdod and the Mediterranean. The city was established
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BETH-SHEMESH. The name Beth-shemesh means “house of the sun (god),” reflecting the fact that the pre-Israelite Canaanites had shrines to many deities in the land of Canaan. Many of these names continued into Israelite times. At least four places named Beth-shemesh are mentioned in the OT.1. A town in
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beth-Shemesh (Heb. bêṯ šemeš)1. A city (lit., “house of the sun”) occupying a small rise near the juncture of the Sorek Valley and the fosse along the western base of the hill country formed by the Wadi Ghurab and Wadi en-Najil. The city was apportioned to the tribe of Dan, but never conquered and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beth-Shemesh [bĕth shĕmˊĭsh] (Heb. bêṯ šemeš “house of [the sun-god] Shemesh”).
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
BETH-SHEMESH A town on the border of the territory of Judah, in the northeastern part of the Plain (Josh. 15:10). As Ir-Shemesh it is included among the cities of Dan (Josh. 19:41), and it is listed elsewhere as one of the cities of Judah that was given to the Levites (Josh. 21:16). It is also identified
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BETH-SHEMESH (Hebrew, “house of the sun”) The name of three towns in Palestine.1. A town on the border between Judah and Dan (Josh 15:10), perhaps the same location as Ir-shemesh (Josh 19:41) in the territory of Dan. It was also a Levitical city (Josh 21:16; 1 Chr 6:59), but its chief fame was as the