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Bethlehem (of Zebulun)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A town about six miles west-northwest of Nazareth in the region of Galilee (Josh 19:15). The place is only mentioned in the description of the territory allotted to the tribe of Zebulun in Josh 19:10–16. The judge Ibzan of Bethlehem may have been from this Bethlehem (Judg 12:8–10); however, this connection is mainly inferred from the fact that Elon, the judge listed as succeeding Ibzan, was a Zebulunite (Judg 12:11). Alternately, Ibzan may have been from Bethlehem of Judah. For more information, see these articles: Ibzan the Judge; Bethlehem of Judah.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bethlehem of Zebulun
Bethlehem of Zebulun A town about six miles west-northwest of Nazareth in the region of Galilee (Josh 19:15). The place is only mentioned in the description of the territory allotted to the tribe of Zebulun in Josh 19:10–16. The judge Ibzan of Bethlehem may have been from this Bethlehem (Judg 12:8–10);
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bethlehem (Place)
BETHLEHEM (PLACE) [Heb bêt-leḥem (בֵּית־לֶחֶם)]. The name of two places mentioned in the Bible.A. Bethlehem of Judah1. Site2. Name3. Demography4. Bethlehem in Israelite History5. Bethlehem in Postbiblical TimesB. Bethlehem of ZebulunA. Bethlehem of Judah1. Site. Bethlehem of Judah is located
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bethlehem
Bethlehem. 1. “City of David” and the birthplace of Jesus Christ, five miles south of Jerusalem. This city is sometimes called Bethlehem-judah (kjv) or Ephrath (Gn 35:19; Mi 5:2) to distinguish it from the Bethlehem of Zebulun.The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.As an early Canaanite settlement
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bethlehem (of Zebulun)
2. Bethlehem of Zebulun (Jos. 19:15f), now the small village of Beit Laḥm located 7 mi (11 km) NW of Nazareth on the edge of the Oak Forest. A few antiquities have been found there showing that in earlier days it was a place of some importance. There are traces of the influence of Hellenism as well
Bethlehem
Bethlehem bethʹlə-hem [Heb. bêṯ leḥem—‘house of bread’ or possibly ‘house of Lakhmu,’ an Assyrian deity; Gk. A, NT, Bēthleem, B Baithleem; Josephus Bēthleemōn, Bēthleemēs, etc.].1. Bethlehem-judah, or Ephrath or Ephrathah, a town located on the edge of the desert of Judah, 5 mi (8 km) S of
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM1. “City of David” and the birthplace of Jesus Christ, five miles (8 kilometers) south of Jerusalem. This city is sometimes called Bethlehem-judah (kjv) or Ephrath (Gn 35:19; Mi 5:2) to distinguish it from the Bethlehem of Zebulun. As an early Canaanite settlement, it was associated with the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bethlehem
Bethlehem (beth´li-hem; Heb. bet lekhem, “house of bread”).1 A small town of over twenty thousand inhabitants, about three miles southwest of Jerusalem. At an elevation of 2,460 feet above sea level, Bethlehem sits along the north-south ridge road of the central highlands. It looks westward to the fertile
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bethlehem
Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. HFVBETHLEHEM (“house of bread”). A name used 40 times in the OT and eight times in the NT.1. A place in Zebulun’s territory seven miles NW of Nazareth (Josh 19:15). It is suggested by some that Ibzan, one of the judges, came from this Bethlehem in the N (Jdg 12:8).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM (Heb. bêṯ leḥem, ‘house of bread’, the latter word probably in the wider sense, ‘food’). It has been suggested that the final word leḥem is Lakhmu, an Assyrian deity; but there is no evidence that this god was ever revered in Palestine. There are two towns of the name in the OT, both today
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bethlehem
Bethlehem (Heb. bêṯ leḥem, bêṯ halaḥmɩ̂; Gk. Bēthleém)A city name originally derived from Heb. “bayiṯ, “house,” denoting a cultic site, and the name of a pair of ancient Mesopotamian agricultural deities, Lahmu and Lahamu, listed early in the cosmogony of the Enuma Elish.1. A village in the
Ephrath (Place)
Ephrath (Heb. ʾep̱rāṯ) (PLACE)1. A city near which Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin (Gen. 35:16), Ephrathah in southern Benjamin (1 Sam. 10:2; Jer. 31:15).2. The place where Rachel was buried (Gen. 35:19; 48:7), generally identified with Bethlehem/Ephrathah (Ruth 4:11; Mic. 5:1).
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM a) A city in the territory of Judah, 6 miles south of Jerusalem, possibly mentioned in the El Amarna letters. In the Bible it appears first in connection with Rachel’s death and her burial ‘in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem’ (Gen. 35:19). It was also the scene of the story of Ruth (Ruth
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM (Hebrew, “house of bread”) The name of two towns in Palestine.1. Bethlehem of Judah was a village about five miles south of Jerusalem, on the southbound road to Hebron (Judg 19:9). It is also identified with Ephrath, the birthplace of Benjamin and the burial place of Rachel (Gen 35:16–20).
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