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Former name of Bethel (Gen 28:19; 35:6; 48:3; Josh 16:2; 18:13; Judg 1:23). For further details, see this article: Bethel North of Jerusalem.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
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
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Luz. 1. Original Canaanite name of the city of Bethel (Gn 28:19; 35:6). It was here that Jacob had a vision of God. In recognition of God’s presence he called the place “the house of God” (beth-El). Jacob may not have been in the city itself, which might account for the seeming discrepancy in Joshua
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
2. A city in the land of the Hittites built by a man who had escaped from Canaanite Luz after betraying it to “the house of Joseph” (Jgs. 1:26). It could be anywhere in the region now known as Syria and Lebanon, which the Hittites occupied. Simon (GTTOT, p. 283) suggested that Luweizeh, halfway between
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LUZ1. Original Canaanite name of the city of Bethel (Gn 28:19; 35:6). It was here that Jacob had a vision of God. In recognition of God’s presence he called the place “the house of God” (beth-El). Jacob may not have been in the city itself, which might account for the seeming discrepancy in Joshua 16:2.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LUZ. The ancient name of *Bethel, which was so named by Jacob after he had dreamed of the ladder from heaven to earth after spending the night near to the city (Gn. 28:19; 35:6; 48:3). It was the site of Jacob’s sojourn near to the city, rather than the city itself, that received the name Bethel (Jos.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Luz (almond tree). It seems impossible to discover with precision whether Luz and Bethel represent one and the same town—the former the Canaanite, the latter the Hebrew, name—or whether they were distinct places, though in close proximity. The most probable conclusion is that the two places were, during
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
LUZ (luz; “almond tree”).1. The ancient (Canaanite) name of Bethel (Gen. 28:19; 35:6; 48:3), or a town that formerly stood upon or near the latter city (see Bethel). In Josh. 16:2 “Luz is distinguished from Beth-el because the reference is not to the town of Beth-el, but to the southern range of mountains
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