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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Beth-Peor

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A place in the valley of the Jordan which, in Joshua 13:20, is apportioned to the Reubenites. In Deuteronomy (3:29, 4:46, 34:6) it is stated that the people were in the valley of the Jordan, opposite Beth-peor, when the Deuteronomic law was promulgated. Hosea (9:10) probably means the same place when he speaks of Baal-peor. According to Eusebius ("Onomastica," ed. Lagarde, 233:78; ccc. 2), the city was situated 6 Roman miles from Livias (or Beth-haran) near Mount Peor (compare Numbers 23:28). According to another statement of Eusebius ("Onomastica," 213:47), this mountain lay on the road from Livias to Heshbon; and according to Jerome (ib. 115:1), it was 7 miles distant from the latter. But no place corresponding to these descriptions has as yet been found. The references to Beth-peor in the Talmud, collected by Neubauer, "G. T." pp. 252, 253, prove that the place survived the destruction of the Second Temple.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Beth-Peor'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/b/beth-peor.html. 1901.

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