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Literally, “God of Bethel.” A name Jacob gave to the place where he built an altar to God (Gen 35:6–7).For further details, see the article: Bethel North of Jerusalem.
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El BethelEl Bethel, probably a deity. Among the many El epithets in the ot, El Bethel occurs twice (Gen. 31:13; 35:7). These Hebrew phrases may be understood as either ‘the El [i.e., god] Bethel’ or ‘the El [i.e., god] of Bethel.’ Jer. 48:13 and Amos 5:4–6 seem to indicate the existence of a god named