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Hill Country of Bethel
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Part of the territory allotted to the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim (Josh 16:1). The phrase “hill country of Bethel” is used only once in the Old Testament (1 Sam 13:2), but Bethel is also generally mentioned as being located in a hilly region, likely part of the hill country of Ephraim. The town of Bethel was a major worship site for the northern kingdom of Israel. For further details, see the article: Bethel North of Jerusalem.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hill Country of Bethel
Bethel, Hill Country of (הַר בֵּית־אֵל‎, har beith-el). Part of the territory allotted to the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim (Josh 16:1). The phrase “hill country of Bethel” is used only once in the Old Testament (1 Sam 13:2), but Bethel is also generally mentioned as being located in a hilly region,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Luz (Place)
LUZ (PLACE) [Heb lûz (לוּז‎)]. 1. Formerly the place name for Bethel (Gen 28:19; 35:6; 48:3; Judg 1:23; Jub. 27:19, 26). According to Gen 28:10–22, it was Jacob who renamed the place Bethel after he encountered God in that place (M.R. 172148).The tribal-boundary descriptions locate Luz on or near the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bethel, Hill Country of
Bethel, Hill Country of [Heb. har bêṯ-’ēl] (1 S. 13:2); AV MOUNT BETHEL.The Heb. har can designate either “mountain” or “hill.” The term here refers to no specific mountain, but a hilly area. Thus the RSV and NEB translation is preferable to the AV. In Josh. 16:1 the RSV and NEB read “hill country
Luz
1. A Canaanite city, renamed Bethel by Jacob (Gen. 28:19). This tradition is also preserved in Gen. 35:6; Josh. 18:13; Jgs. 1:23; Jub 27:19, 26. However, Josh. 16:2 reads “then going from Bethel to Luz,” suggesting that these are two places. The MT has mibbêṯ-ʾēl lûzāh (with directive), “from
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Luz
Luz (luhz).1 The Canaanite name of the city that was renamed Bethel by Jacob (Gen. 28:19; 35:6). Luz/Bethel was on the border between Benjamin and Ephraim (Josh. 16:2; 18:13; Judg. 1:23). Josh. 16:2 implies that Luz and Bethel are distinct places. Nevertheless, on the basis of all other references,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Luz
Luz (Heb. lûz)1. The site of Jacob’s ladder dream. Jacob used a stone as a pillow, and when he awoke, he anointed the stone with oil and called it Bethel, “house of God” (Gen. 28:10–22; cf. 35:6; 48:3; Josh. 18:13; Judg. 1:23). Josh. 16:2 suggests that two distinct sites are intended, but most likely
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BETHEL, MOUNT
BETHEL, MOUNT(הַר בֵּית־אֵל‎ [har beth-’el]; [Βαιθήλ λου̂ζα, Baithel louza] (1 Samuel 13:2, the Revised Version (British and American) “the mount of Bethel”; Joshua 16:1)): The hill which stretches from the North of the town to Tell `Acur. The road to Shechem lies along the ridge. An army in possession
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LUZ
LUZ luhz [לוּזluz]. 1. The site where Jacob dreamed of a ladder going up to heaven. He commemorated the dream by setting up a pillar and renaming the site Bethel (Gen 28:18–19). The description of the Ephraimite border includes “going from Bethel to Luz” (Josh 16:2), while the boundary description of
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