Statement of Faith | Tell a Friend about Us | Color Scheme:    
Monday, October 14, 2019

Join Now!  |  Login
  Our Sponsors

• Join a different kind of "Christian Book Club!" Click to find out how!

• Hunting for choral music have you frustrated?

• Learn Greek, Aramaic, Biblical or Modern Hebrew online

• Try SwordSearcher Bible Software Today

 
  Study Resources

• Interlinear Bible

• Parallel Bible

• Daily Reading Plan

• Devotionals

• Commentaries

• Concordances

• Dictionaries

• Encyclopedias

• Lexicons

• History

• Sermon Essentials

• Audio Resources

• Religious Artwork

 
  SL Forums

• Apologetic Forum

• Christian Living

• Ministry Forum

• Evangelism Forum

• Passage Forum

• Help Forum

 
  Other Resources

• Advertise with SL

• FREE Resources

• Information

• Set Preferences

• Font Resources

• Contacting SL

 

 

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Start Your Search
 
 
Choose a letter from below
to display alphabetical list:

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|Y|Z
 
    Printer friendly version
 
PreviousNext
Beth-diblathaimBethelite
 
Additional Resources
 
Concordances
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Ai & Bethel
Dictionaries
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
El-Bethel
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Bethel
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
Bethel
Encyclopedias
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Bethel
Bethel, Mount
Lexicons
Hebrew - Bethel
Hebrew - Elbethel, El-bethel
Bethel -

House of God.

  • A place in Central Palestine, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem, at the head of the pass of Michmash and Ai. It was originally the royal Canaanite city of Luz (Genesis 28:19). The name Bethel was at first apparently given to the sanctuary in the neighbourhood of Luz, and was not given to the city itself till after its conquest by the tribe of Ephraim. When Abram entered Canaan he formed his second encampment between Bethel and Hai (Genesis 12:8); and on his return from Egypt he came back to it, and again "called upon the name of the Lord" (13:4). Here Jacob, on his way from Beersheba to Haran, had a vision of the angels of God ascending and descending on the ladder whose top reached unto heaven (28:10,19); and on his return he again visited this place, "where God talked with him" (35:1-15), and there he "built an altar, and called the place El-beth-el" (q.v.). To this second occasion of God's speaking with Jacob at Bethel, (Hosea 12:4,5) makes reference.

    In troublous times the people went to Bethel to ask counsel of God (Judges 20:18,31; 21:2). Here the ark of the covenant was kept for a long time under the care of Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron (20:26-28). Here also Samuel held in rotation his court of justice (1 Samuel 7:16). It was included in Israel after the kingdom was divided, and it became one of the seats of the worship of the golden calf (1 Kings 12:28-33; 13:1). Hence the prophet Hosea (Hosea 4:15; 5:8; 10:5,8) calls it in contempt Beth-aven, i.e., "house of idols." Bethel remained an abode of priests even after the kingdom of Israel was desolated by the king of Assyria (2 Kings 17:28,29). At length all traces of the idolatries were extirpated by Josiah, king of Judah (2 Kings 23:15-18); and the place was still in existence after the Captivity (Ezra 2:28; Nehemiah 7:32). It has been identified with the ruins of Beitin, a small village amid extensive ruins some 9 miles south of Shiloh.

  • Mount Bethel was a hilly district near Bethel (Joshua 16:1; 1 Samuel 13:2).

  • A town in the south of Judah (Joshua 8:17; 12:16).


  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Bethel'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
    <http://classic.studylight.org/dic/ebd/view.cgi?number=T554>. 1897.

      HOME    TOP

    Dead links, typos, or HTML errors should be sent to corr@studylight.org
    Suggestions about making this resource more useful should be sent to sugg@studylight.org
     

       Powered by LightSpeed Technology

    Copyright © 2001-2019, StudyLight.org