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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
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. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/b/beth-aven.html. 1859.