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The meaning of Anathoth in the Bible
(From Easton's Bible Dictionary)

the name of one of the cities of refuge, in the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 21:18). The Jews, as a rule, did not change the names of the towns they found in Palestine; hence this town may be regarded as deriving its name from the goddess Anat. It was the native place of Abiezer, one of David's "thirty" (II Samuel 23:27), and of Jehu, another of his mighty men (I Chronicles 12:3). It is chiefly notable, however, as the birth-place and usual residence of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:1; 11:21-23; 29:27; 32:7-9). It suffered greatly from the army of Sennacherib, and only 128 men returned to it from the Exile (Nehemiah 7:27; Ezra 2:23). It lay about 3 miles north of Jerusalem. It has been identified with the small and poor village of 'Anata, containing about 100 inhabitants.


See more on the meaning of Anathoth in the Bible:
Anathoth {International Standard Bible Encyclopedia}
Anathoth {Hitchcock's Bible Name}

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