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Bethulia
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The city most central to the Book of Judith (Judith 4:6). According to the book of Judith, the city is north of Jerusalem (11:19), near Betomasthaim (4:6), in the hill country of Samaria (6:11); there is a spring below the city (7:12–13) and access to Jerusalem via a narrow mountain pass (10:10–11). Despite these details, scholars are uncertain whether the city was known to the author, or if the city was entirely fictional. It has also been identified with Jerusalem, Sanur, and Bethel.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bethulia
Bethulia (Βαιτυλουα, Baityloua). The city most central to the Book of Judith (Judith 4:6). According to the book of Judith, the city is north of Jerusalem (11:19), near Betomasthaim (4:6), in the hill country of Samaria (6:11); there is a spring below the city (7:12–13) and access to Jerusalem via a
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bethulia (Place)
BETHULIA (PLACE) [Gk Baityloua (Βαιτυλουα)]. City where the events of the book of Judith are located (Jdt 4:6). The author of Judith gives many indications of the location of Bethulia: it is N of Jerusalem (11:19), near Betomasthaim (4:6), over against Esdraelon (4:6), near Dothan (4:6), in the hill
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bethulia
Bethulia bə-thoo̅ʹlē-ə [Gk. Baithouloua].A town named only in Judith (4:6; 6:10ff; 7:1ff; 8:3; 10:6; 12:7; 15:3, 6; 16:21ff). The references indicate that it stood above a valley on a hilltop, at the foot of which was a spring. The city was opposite Esdraelon toward the plain of Dothan, perhaps in
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bethulia
BETHULIA Town described in the book of Judith as being near Dothan on a hill overlooking the plain of Esdraelon (Jdt 4:6; 6:11). Nebuchadnezzar’s general, Holofernes, tried to bring Bethulia into submission by controlling its water sources (Jdt 7:6–7).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bethulia
Bethulia (Gk. Baithuloua)A city in Samaria in which events of the book of Judith are set. Its existence is uncertain and its location unknown, but Judith does provide some geographical information. Bethulia is N of Jerusalem (Jdt. 11:19), facing “Esdraelon opposite the plain near Dothan,” near Betomesthaim
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bethulia
Bethulia [bĭ thōōˊlĭ ə] (Gk. Baituloua, Betuloua, Baitouloua, Baitoulia). A city in Samaria mentioned only in the book of Judith. The city was strategically located on a hilltop (Jdt. 10:10) opposite Esdraelon near the plain of Dothan (4:6), surrounded by mountains (6:10–12) and with a nearby
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Bethulia
BETHULIA The home of Judith and the site of the events of the book of Judith. The book makes clear that the city was north of Jerusalem, near Betomesthaim, opposite Esdraelon, and near Dothan (Jdt 4:6). The exact location has not yet been identified. The city was besieged by the Mesopotamian general
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BETHULIA
BETHULIA<be-thu’-li-a> ([Βαιθουλουά, Baithouloua]): A town named only in the Book of Judith (4:6; 6:10 ff; 7:1 ff; 8:3; 10:6; 12:7; 15:3, 6; 16:21 ff). From these references we gather that it stood beside a valley, on a rock, at the foot of which was a spring, not far from Jenin; and
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Bethulia
Bethulia.—City of Palestine, in the tribe of Zabulon, famous through the siege of Holofernes, who was killed by Judith. Some authors believe that the existent small town of Saour, situated about 17 miles north of Naplouse, near the plain of Esdrælon, arose on the site of the ancient Bethulia.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Bethulia
Bethulia bi-thoo′lee-uh (Βαιτουλουα). A town mentioned frequently (and only) in the book of Judith. It is described as a town located in such a way as to prevent the enemy led by Holofernes from penetrating the plain directly into the hill country: it is opposite the plain of Esdraelon and near a second
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Bethulia
BETHULIA, bē̇-thūʹli-a (Βαιθουλουά, Baithou-louá): A town named only in the Book of Jth (4:6; 6:10 ff; 7:1 ff; 8:3; 10:6; 12:7; 15:3, 6; 16:21 ff). From these references we gather that it stood beside a valley, on a rock, at the foot of which was a spring, not far from Jenīn; and that it guarded
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BETHULIA
BETHULIA bi-thoo´lee-uh [Βαιτούλια Baitoulia, Βαιτυλουά Baityloua]. The hometown of the book of Judith’s namesake and heroine. The location of Bethulia is north of Jerusalem in the Samarian hill country, near Dothan. According to the narrative, it is a strategic hill town at the head of a commanding