Holman Bible Dictionary
(bee ee' ruhth) Place name meaning, “wells.” 1. The wells of the sons of Jaakan, where Israel camped in the wilderness (Numbers 33:31
; Deuteronomy 10:6
. A city of the Gibeonites to which Joshua and his army came to defend the Gibeonites after making a covenant with them (Joshua 9:17
). The city was allotted the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 18:25
). Ishbosheth's army captains came from Beeroth (2 Samuel 4:2
), whose citizens had fled to Gittaim when Israel, possibly under Saul, conquered Beeroth (2 Samuel 4:3
). Compare 2 Samuel 21:1-9
for Saul's dealing with the Gibeonites. Joab's armorbearer, one of David's 30 heroes, came from Beeroth ( 2 Samuel 23:37
). Citizens of Beeroth returned with Zerubbabel from Exile in Babylon about 537 B.C. (Ezra 2:25
The city had to be close to Gibeon, but its exact location is debated. Among suggestions are: el-Bireh, tell en-Nasbeh, Nebi Samwil, Khirbet el-Burj, Biddu, Khirbet Raddana, ras et-Tahune.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Beeroth'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/b/beeroth.html. 1991.