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(בֵּית אֵל, “House of God or El”) was an Israelite cultic center on the border between Benjamin and Ephraim (Tribes of Israel), also בֵּית און (bêt'ôn, “place of strength, splendor, might”) Josh 7:2; 18:12; 1 Sam 13:5; 14:23, since Hosea בֵּית אָוֶן (bêt 'āven, “house of sin”; Hos 4:15; 5:8; 10:5). The degree to which the tradition that the earlier name of the place was לוּז (Gen 28:19; Judg 1:23) applies may be set aside since לוּז (lz, “almond tree”) seems rather to be a territory name that may have existed alongside Bethel. Nothing commends a division o…

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Knauf, Ernst A., “Bethel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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