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(distillation), a town the name of which occurs only in the catalogue of those who returned with Zerubbabel from the captivity. (Ezra 2:22; Nehemiah 7:26) 1 Esdr. 5:18. But, though not directly mentioned till so late a period, Netophah was really a much older place. Two of David's guard, (1 Chronicles 17:13,15) were Netophathites. The "villages of the Neophathites" were the residence of the Levites. (1 Chronicles 9:16) From another notice we learn that the particular Levites who inhabited these villages were singers. (Nehemiah 12:28) To judge from (Nehemiah 7:26) the town was in the neighborhood of, or closely connected with, Bethlehem.

ATS Bible Dictionary

A town near Bethlehem, of which little more than the name is known, 2 Samuel 24:25,25; 2 Kings 25:23; Ezra 2:22; Nehemiah 7:26.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Distillation; dropping, a town in Judah, in the neighbourhood, probably, of Bethlehem (Nehemiah 7:26; 1 Chronicles 2:54). Two of David's guards were Netophathites (1 Chronicles 27:13, 15). It has been identified with the ruins of Metoba, or Um Toba, to the north-east of Bethlehem.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ne-to'-fa (neTophah; Septuagint Netopha, Nephota, and other variants): The birthplace of two of David's heroes, Maharai and Heleb (2 Samuel 23:28, 29), also of Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, one of the captains who came to offer allegiance to Gedaliah (2 Kings 25:23 Jeremiah 40:8). "The villages of the Netophathites" are mentioned (1 Chronicles 9:16) as the dwellings of certain Levites and (Nehemiah 12:28, the King James Version "Netophathi") of certain "sons of the singers."

The first mention of the place itself is in Ezra 2:22 Nehemiah 7:26; 1Es 5:18 (the Revised Version (British and American) "Netophas"), where we have parallel lists of the exiles returning from Babylon under Zerubbabel; the place is mentioned between Bethlehem and Anathoth and in literary association with other cities in the mountains of Judah, e.g. Gibeon, Kiriath-jearim, Chephereh and Beeroth. In this respect it is most plausible to identify it with NEPHTOAH (which see), although the disappearance of the terminal guttural in the latter creates a difficulty. Conder has suggested a site known as Khirbet UmmToba, Northeast of Bethlehem, an ancient site, but not apparently of great importance. Beit Nettif, an important village on a lofty site in the Shephelah near the "Vale of Elah," also appears to have an echo of the name, and indeed may well be the Beth Netophah of the Mishna (Shebhu`oth, ix0.5; Neubauer, Geogr., 128), but the position does not seem to agree at all with that of the Old Testament Netophah. For Khirbet Umm-Toba see Palestine Exploration Fund, III, 128; for Beit Nettif, Palestine Exploration Fund, III, 24; RBR, II, 17 f; both Sh XVII.

E. W. G. Masterman

Strong's Hebrew
5199. Netophah -- a place in Judah
... 5198b, 5199. Netophah. 5200 . a place in Judah. Transliteration: Netophah
Phonetic Spelling: (net-o-faw') Short Definition: Netophah. ...
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5200. Netophathi -- inhab. of Netophah
... inhab. of Netophah. Transliteration: Netophathi Phonetic Spelling: (net-o-faw-thee')
Short Definition: Netophathite. Word Origin from Netophah Definition inhab. ...
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Netophah (2 Occurrences)
... It has been identified with the ruins of Metoba, or Um Toba, to the north-east
of Bethlehem. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. NETOPHAH. ...
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Neto'phah (2 Occurrences)
Neto'phah. Netophah, Neto'phah. Netoph'ah . Multi-Version Concordance
Neto'phah (2 Occurrences). Ezra 2:22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six. (See RSV). ...
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Nethinims (15 Occurrences)

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56 (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance 56 (1 Occurrence). Ezra 2:22 The
men of Netophah, fifty-six. (See NAS NIV). ...
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188 (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance 188 (1 Occurrence). Nehemiah 7:26 The men of Bethlehem
and Netophah, one hundred eighty-eight. (See NAS NIV). ...
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... ne-to'-fas (Codex Vaticanus Netebas; Codex Alexandrinus Netophae): A town named
in 1 Esdras 5:18, identical with "Netophah" of Ezra 2:22 Nehemiah 7:26. ...
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Fifty-six (4 Occurrences)
... (WEB BBE DBY RSV). Ezra 2:14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty-six. (WEB
BBE DBY RSV). Ezra 2:22 The men of Netophah, fifty-six. (WEB BBE DBY RSV). ...
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Etam (5 Occurrences)
... near Bethlehem and Tekoah, and some distance apparently to the north of (1). It
seems to have been in the district called Nephtoah (or Netophah), where were ...
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Eighty-eight (2 Occurrences)
... (WEB BBE DBY RSV). Nehemiah 7:26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred
eighty-eight. (WEB BBE DBY RSV). Eighty, Eighty-eight. Eighty-five . ...
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Maharai (3 Occurrences)
... in rotation. He was of the family of Zerah, and dwelt in Netophah in Judah.
Multi-Version Concordance Maharai (3 Occurrences). 2 ...
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Bible Concordance
Netophah (2 Occurrences)

Ezra 2:22 The men of Netophah, fifty-six.

Nehemiah 7:26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred eighty-eight.



Netophah: A City in Territory of the Tribe of Judah

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