Beeroth and surrounding area

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Joshua 9:17 The children of Israel traveled and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath Jearim.

Joshua 18:25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth,

2 Samuel 4:2 Ishbosheth, Saul's son, had two men who were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is reckoned to Benjamin:

2 Samuel 23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

1 Chronicles 11:39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,

Ezra 2:25 The children of Kiriath Arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty-three.

Nehemiah 7:29 The men of Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty-three.


be-e'-roth, be'-er-oth (be'eroth; Beroth): One of the cities of the Canaanites whose inhabitants succeeded in deceiving Israel, and in making a covenant with them (Joshua 9:3). Apparently they were Hivites (Joshua 9:7). The occasion on which the Beerothites fled to Gittaim where they preserved their communal identity is not indicated. The town was reckoned to Benjamin (2 Samuel 4:2 f). Eusebius, Onomasticon places it under Gibeon, 7 Roman miles from Jerusalem on the way to Nicopolis (Amwas). If we follow the old road by way of Gibeon (el-Jib) and Bethhoron, Beeroth would lie probably to the Northwest of el-Jib. The traditional identification is with el-Bireh, about 8 miles from Jerusalem on the great north road. If the order in which the towns are mentioned (Joshua 9:17; Joshua 18:25) is any guide as to position, el-Bireh is too far to the Northwest. The identification is precarious. To Beeroth belonged the murderers of Ish-bosheth (2 Samuel 4:2), and Naharai, Joab's armor-bearer (2 Samuel 23:37 1 Chronicles 11:39). It was reoccupied after the Exile (Ezra 2:25 Nehemiah 7:29).

W. Ewing


ben'-e-ja'-a-kan (be'eroth bene ya`aqan; the Revised Version, margin "the wells of the children of Jaakan"): A desert camp of the Israelites mentioned before Moserah (Deuteronomy 10:6). In Numbers 33:31, 32 the name is given simply "Bene-jaakan," and the situation after Moseroth.


BEE'ROTH, now el Bireh, 8 1/2 ms. n. of Jerusalem; it is now inhabited and is 2820 ft. above the Mediterranean; it is first mentioned in Josh. 9:17. The Bee-roth of Deuteronomy 10:6 is not known, as to its site.
Strong's Hebrew
H881: Beeroth

"wells," a place in Palestine

Beer-lahai-roi (Kadesh-barnea)
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