A place and desert near Bethel on the east, Joshua 7:2; 18:12; 1 Samuel 13:5; 14:23. It seems to be reproachfully used at times for Bethel itself, after the golden calves were there set up, Hosea 4:15; 10:5: Beth-el meaning the house of God; and Beth-aven, the house of sin, or of an idol.
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Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'BETH-AVEN'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".