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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Kenath

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KENATH . A city lying to the E. of the Jordan, taken by Nobah , whose name for a time it bore ( Numbers 32:42 ). Geshur and Aram re-conquered it ( 1 Chronicles 2:23 ). It is usually identified with Kanawât , fully 16 miles N. of Bozrah, on the W. slope of Jebet ed-Druze . It occupies a commanding position on either bank of the Wâdy Qanawât , which here forms a picturesque waterfall There are tall, graceful columns, and massive walls, together with other impressive remains of buildings from Græco-Roman times. The modern village, lower down the slope, is now occupied by Druzes. Baedeker ( Pal. 8 , 207), stating no reason, Moore ( Judges , 222), for reasons that do not appear adequate, and others reject the identification. To speak of Qanawât as ‘in the remote north-east’ (Moore), conveys a wrong impression. It is only some 50 miles N.E. of Jerash , which in turn is near the S. boundary of Gilead. No other identification seems possible.

W. Ewing.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Kenath'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/k/kenath.html. 1909.

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