(beh thyoo' ehl) Place name and personal name meaning, “house of God.” 1. Nephew of Abraham and son of Nahor (Genesis 22:22). His daughter Rebekah married Isaac (Genesis 24:15,Genesis 24:67). He was an Aramean or Syrian from Padan-aram (Genesis 25:20). His relationship to Rebekah's brother Laban (Genesis 24:29) is not clear, since Laban takes the chief role protecting Rebekah (Genesis 24:55;
Genesis 27:43), and Nahor is Laban's father (Genesis 29:5).
Genesis 28:5 says Laban was the son of Bethuel. Nahor was actually Bethuel's father (Genesis 22:22-23). 2. A town where the children of Shimei lived (1 Chronicles 4:30).
Joshua 19:4 apparently reads the same town as Bethul. It may be modern khirbet el-Qarjeten, three miles north of tell Arad.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'BETHUEL'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".