Gate of Bethlehem
Gate of Bethlehem.
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. 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 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
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 (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
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 (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 (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 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 (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).
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Bethlehem. The small town five miles S. of *Jerusalem which was the native city of King *David and the birthplace of Christ. It contains one of the oldest churches in Christendom, the ‘Church of the Holy Nativity’, built by *Constantine in 330 upon the supposed site of the Holy Birth. In spite of rebuilding
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