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Old Gate

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KJV, NAS, NRSV designation for a Jerusalem city gate repaired in Nehemiah's time (Nehemiah 3:6 ; Nehemiah 12:39 ). This rendering is doubtful on grammatical grounds (the adjective and noun do not agree). Some interpreters thus propose gate of the old (city). Others take the Hebrew Jeshanah as a proper name (NIV, REB, TEV). A village named Jeshanah is located near Bethel. The gate may have pointed in this direction. Still others emend the text to read “Misneh Gate” (JB). In this case the gate led from the Old City West into the New Quarter (Mishneh). The gate is perhaps identical to the corner gate ( 2 Kings 14:13 ).

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Old Gate'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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