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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature

Anathoth

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An´athoth, one of the towns belonging to the priests in the tribe of Benjamin, and as such a city of refuge (Joshua 21:18; Jeremiah 1:1). It occurs also in 2 Samuel 23:27; Ezra 2:23; Nehemiah 7:27; but is chiefly memorable as the birthplace and usual residence of the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 11:21-23; Jeremiah 29:27). Dr. Robinson appears to have discovered this place in the present village of Anata, at the distance of an hour and a quarter from Jerusalem. It is seated on a broad ridge of hills, and commands an extensive view of the eastern slope of the mountainous tract of Benjamin; including also the valley of the Jordan, and the northern part of the Dead Sea. It seems to have been once a walled town and a place of strength. Portions of the wall still remain, built of large hewn stones, and apparently ancient, as are also the foundations of some of the houses. It is now a small and very poor village. From the vicinity a favorite kind of building-stone is carried to Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Anathoth'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/a/anathoth.html.

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