Beth-Shan
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BETH-SHEAN; BETH-SHAN

beth-she'-an, beth'-shan (beth-shan, or [beth-she'an]; in Apocrypha Baithsan or Bethsa): A city in the territory of Issachar assigned to Manasseh, out of which the Canaanites were not driven (Joshua 17:11 Judges 1:27); in the days of Israel's strength they were put to taskwork (Judges 1:28). They doubtless were in league with the Philistines who after Israel's defeat on Gilboa exposed the bodies of Saul and his sons on the wall of the city (1 Samuel 31:7), whence they were rescued by the men of Jabesh, who remembered the earlier kindness of the king (1 Samuel 31:7 2 Samuel 21:12). In 1 Kings 4:12 the name applies to the district in which the city stands. It was called Scythopolis by the Greeks. This may be connected with the invasion of Palestine by the Scythians who, according to George Syncellus, "overran Palestine and took possession of Beisan." This may be the invasion noticed by Herodotus, circa 600 B.C. (i.104-6). Here Tryphon failed in his first attempt to take Jonathan by treachery (1 Maccabees 12:40). It fell to John Hyrcanus, but was taken from the Jews by Pompey. It was rebuilt by Gabinius (Ant., XIV, v, 3), and became an important member of the league of the "ten cities" (BJ, III, ix, 7). The impiousness of the inhabitants is painted in dark colors by Josephus (Vita, 6; BJ, II, xviii, 3); and the Mishna speaks of it as a center of idol worship (`Abhodhah Zarah, i.4). Later it was the seat of a bishop.

It is represented by the modern Beisan, in the throat of the Vale of Jezreel where it falls into the Jordan valley, on the southern side of the stream from `Ain Jalud. The ruins of the ancient city are found on the plain, and on the great mound where probably stood the citadel. Between the town and the stretch of marsh land to the South runs the old road from East to West up the Vale of Jezreel, uniting in Esdraelon with the great caravan road from North to South.

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Strong's Hebrew
1052. Beth Shean -- "place of quiet," a place in Manasseh, West of ...
... Word Origin from bayith and shaan Definition "place of quiet," a place in Manasseh,
W. of the Jordan NASB Word Usage Beth-shan (3), Beth-shean (6). ...
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The End of Self-Will
... body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came ... and
dishonoured body hangs rotting in the sun on the walk of Bethshan, while David ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/the end of self-will.htm

The Death of Two Brave Warriors
... And they put his armor in the temple of Ashtarte and fastened his body
on the wall of Bethshan. When the inhabitants of Jabesh in ...
//christianbookshelf.org/sherman/the childrens bible/the death of two brave.htm

Demonstration xvii. --Of Christ the Son of God.
... battle with the Philistines, and if they should say that they pierced his hands
and his feet, when they fastened up his body on the wall of Bethshan; yet it ...
/.../aphrahat select demonstrations/demonstration xvii of christ the son.htm

The Grave of John, and Another Grave
... of Jabesh-Gilead, who travelled all night through the country infested by the
Philistines to rescue the bodies of Saul and his sons from the temple of Bethshan ...
//christianbookshelf.org/meyer/john the baptist/xv the grave of john.htm

The Maccabees.
... enough to take the castle on Mount Zion; but he built strong walls round the Temple,
so that it too became a fortress, and he then went to Bethshan to defend ...
//christianbookshelf.org/yonge/the chosen people/lesson xviii the maccabees.htm

Some Towns Upon the Very Limits of the Land. Out of the Jerusalem ...
... Of Caphar Tsemach, there is mention also in the place first cited, col.3, in
these words: "Rabbi looseth Bethshan. Rabbi looseth Caesarea. ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 95 some towns upon.htm

How Jonathan was Slain by Treachery; and How Thereupon the Jews ...
... and then to set about his design relating to Antiochus; but he judging it best to
take him off by deceit and treachery, came from Antioch to Bethshan, which by ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 6 how jonathan was.htm

General Council of Nic├Ža.
... Cf. Book II. Chap. 6. Patrophilus, bishop of Scythopolis, the Bethshan of
Scripture, was an ardent and persistent Arian. Theodoret ...
/.../chapter vi general council of nicaea.htm

The History of Saul
... it might be showed in the temple of their idols, and unto the people; and set up
his arms in the temple of Ashtaroth, and hung his body on the wall of Bethshan ...
/.../wells/bible stories and religious classics/the history of saul.htm

The Hebrews and the Philistines --Damascus
... All the fortresses commanding the passes of Tabor and Carmel, Megiddo, Taanach,
Ibleam, Jezreel, Endor, and Bethshan remained inviolate, and formed as it were ...
/.../chapter iiithe hebrews and the.htm

Thesaurus
Bethshan (3 Occurrences)
... beth-she'-an, beth'-shan (beth-shan, or [beth-she'an]; in Apocrypha Baithsan or
Bethsa): A city in the territory of Issachar assigned to ...Bethshan (3 Occurrences ...
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Beth-shan (3 Occurrences)
Beth-shan. Bethshan, Beth-shan. Bethshean . Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BETH-SHEAN; BETH-SHAN. ... Bethshan, Beth-shan. Bethshean . Reference Bible.
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Bethshean (5 Occurrences)
... The name is found in an abridged form, Bethshan, in 1 Samuel 31:10, 12 and 2 Samuel
21:12. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BETH-SHEAN; BETH-SHAN. ...
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Beth-shean (5 Occurrences)
... The name is found in an abridged form, Bethshan, in 1 Samuel 31:10, 12 and 2 Samuel
21:12. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BETH-SHEAN; BETH-SHAN. ...
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Shan (8 Occurrences)
... (See NIV). 1 Samuel 31:10 They put his armor in the house of the Ashtaroth;
and they fastened his body to the wall of BethShan. ...
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Jabeshgilead (12 Occurrences)
... bodies of Saul and of his three sons from the walls of Beth-shan, and after ... men of
Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the ...
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Jabesh-gilead (12 Occurrences)
... A town on the east of Jordan, on the top of one of the green hills of Gilead, within
the limits of the half tribe of Manasseh, and in full view of Beth-shan. ...
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Jabesh (21 Occurrences)
... 1 Samuel 31:12 all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body
of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of BethShan; and they came to ...
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Beth (115 Occurrences)
... NIV). 1 Samuel 31:10 They put his armor in the house of the Ashtaroth;
and they fastened his body to the wall of BethShan. (WEB ...
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Bodies (144 Occurrences)
... 1 Samuel 31:12 all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body
of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of BethShan; and they came to ...
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Bible Concordance
Beth-shan (3 Occurrences)

1 Samuel 31:10 And they put his armor in the house of the Ashtaroth; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT NAS RSV)

1 Samuel 31:12 all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan; and they came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT NAS RSV)

2 Samuel 21:12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, in the day that the Philistines slew Saul in Gilboa;
(ASV BBE DBY JPS WBS YLT RSV)

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Beth-Shan

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Beth-shan (3 Occurrences)

Bethshean (5 Occurrences)

Beth-shean (5 Occurrences)

Shan (8 Occurrences)

Jabeshgilead (12 Occurrences)

Jabesh-gilead (12 Occurrences)

Jabesh (21 Occurrences)

Beth (115 Occurrences)

Bodies (144 Occurrences)

Wall (227 Occurrences)

Valour (66 Occurrences)

Ja'besh-gil'ead (12 Occurrences)

Gilbo'a (8 Occurrences)

Gilboa (8 Occurrences)

War-dress (6 Occurrences)

Tabbath (1 Occurrence)

Travelling (17 Occurrences)

Tirzah (17 Occurrences)

Rizpah (4 Occurrences)

Possessors (14 Occurrences)

Bethsamos

Ash'taroth (12 Occurrences)

Ashtoreths (6 Occurrences)

Stolen (28 Occurrences)

Armour (32 Occurrences)

Astarte (2 Occurrences)

Fastened (43 Occurrences)

Street (54 Occurrences)

Citizens (28 Occurrences)

Valiant (66 Occurrences)

Bones (98 Occurrences)

Hanged (36 Occurrences)

Weapons (66 Occurrences)

Saul (371 Occurrences)

Square (94 Occurrences)

Broad (113 Occurrences)

Ashtaroth (13 Occurrences)

Saul's (79 Occurrences)

Smiting (76 Occurrences)

Public (99 Occurrences)

Warfare (18 Occurrences)

Secretly (104 Occurrences)

Jonathan (109 Occurrences)

War (529 Occurrences)

Walked (178 Occurrences)

Hanging (82 Occurrences)

Hung (27 Occurrences)

Fighting (201 Occurrences)

Armor (53 Occurrences)

Slew (206 Occurrences)

Arise (235 Occurrences)

Smitten (215 Occurrences)

Burn (206 Occurrences)

Gilead (130 Occurrences)

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