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Beth-Baal-Meon

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(Heb. Beyth Ba'al Meon', בֵּית בִּעִל מְעוֹן, house of Baal-Meon; Sept. οἴκους Βεελμών v. r. οϊ v κος Μεελβώθ; Vulg. oppidum Baalmaon), a place in the possession of Reuben, on the Mishor (מִישׁוֹר ) or downs (Auth. Vers. "plain") east of Jordan (Joshua 13:17). At the Israelites' first approach its name was Baal-meon (Numbers 32:38, or in its contracted form Beon, 32:3), to which the Beth was possibly a Hebrew prefix. Later it would seem to have come into possession of Moab, and to be known either as Beth-meon (Jeremiah 48:23) or Baal-meon (Ezekiel 25:9). It is possible that the name contains a trace of the tribe or nation of Meon. the Maonites or Meunim. (See MAON); (See MEHUIM). The name is still attached to a ruined place of considerable size a short distance to the south-west of Hesban, and bearing the name of "the fortress of Mi'-un" according to Burckhardt (p. 865), or Maein according to Seetzen (Reisen, 1, 408), which appears to give its appellation to Wady Zerka Main (ib. p. 402). Smith. (See BAAL-MEON).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Beth-Baal-Meon'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/b/beth-baal-meon.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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