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TAANACH ( Joshua 12:21 , 1 Kings 4:12 , 1 Chronicles 7:29 ). One of the royal Canaanite cities, mentioned in OT always along with Megiddo . Though in the territory of Issachar, it belonged to Manasseh; the native Canaanites were, however, not driven out ( Joshua 17:11-13 , Judges 1:27 ). It was allotted to the Levites of the children of Kohath ( Joshua 21:25 ). It was one of the four fortress cities on the ‘border of Manasseh’ ( 1 Chronicles 7:29 ). The fight of Deborah and Barak with the Canaanites is described ( Judges 5:19 ) as ‘in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo.” The site is to-day Tell Ta‘annak , four miles S.E. from Tell el-Mutesellim (Megiddo). The hill has been excavated by Prof. Sellin of Vienna. Many remains of Canaanite and Jewish civilization have been found, and also a considerable number of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions similar to those discovered at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt. See Sellin in Mem. Vienna Acad ., 1. (1904), lii. (1905).

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Taanach'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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