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Bethel

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Bethel (Hebrew for "House of El")

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Bible

Bethel (Israel) is a city in ancient Israel, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem. It is identified with the Palestinian village of Beitun in the West Bank and near the modern Israeli settlement of Beit El.

  • For traditions of other such stones named Bethel and a god named Bethel see Bethel (god).
  • Bethel was also a town in the south of Judah (Joshua. 8:17; 12:16). It seems to be the same as the place called Bethul or Bethuel, a city of the tribe of Simeon.

Bethel was at first the place of worship for the Jews but was then defiled by the people with heathen gods, because of this the privilege of being the holy city was taken away from Bethel and placed in Jerusalem. After this Bethel was known as a terrible city full of sin.

United States

Several places in the United States of America are named Bethel:


There are:


Canada

Several exist in Ontario, Canada:


South Africa

There is a Bethel, South Africa

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