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Also called Pharathon (Φαραθων, Pharathōn). A town in Ephraim, which was the home to the judge Abdon as well as Benaiah, one of David’s mighty men (Judg 12:15; 2 Sam 23:30; 1 Chr 11:31; 27:14; 1 Macc 9:50; compare Josephus, Antiquities 13.1.3).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Pirathon, Pirathonite. Home of Abdon, one of the minor judges (Jgs 12:13, 15). It is described as being “in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.” This may indicate that it originally belonged to the Amalekites, or that it was seized by them during one of their invasions. Some manuscripts
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Pharathon färʹə-thon [LXX Gk. Pharathōn]; AV PHARATHONI. The LXX reads kaí tēn Thamnatha Pharathōni (see NEB) but Josephus (Ant. xiii.1.3 [14–16], which spells the name Pharanthō) and the Syriac insert an “and” between the two names, thus listing two separate cities. (The LXX may have omitted the kaí
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
PIRATHON Home of Abdon, one of the minor judges (Jgs 12:13–15). It is described as being in the land of Ephraim and in the hill country of the Amalekites. This may indicate that it originally belonged to the Amalekites or that it was seized by them during one of their invasions. Benaiah, one of David’s
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pirathon (pihr´uh-thon), a town in the land of Ephraim, probably to be identified with modern Faṛata, about five miles west and slightly south of Shechem. Pirathon was the home of Hillel the Pirathonite, whose son Abdon was one of the judges of Israel and who was subsequently buried there (Judg. 12:15).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
PIRATHON. Ferʿata, 9 km WSW of Shechem, home of the Ephraimite judge Abdon ben Hillel (Jdg. 12:13, 15) and of David’s captain Benaiah (2 Sa. 23:30; 1 Ch. 11:31; 27:14); probably not the Pharathon in Benjamin (1 Macc. 9:50) as Moore suggested (ICC, Jdg. 12:13); Sellem in lxx (A) is a corruption of ‘Hillel’
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land