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Beth-shemesh


Beth-she’mesh (house of the sun).

1. One of the towns which marked the north boundary of Judah. Josh. 15:10. It is now ’Ainshems, about two miles from the great Philistine plain, and seven from Ekron.

2. A city on the border of Issachar. Josh. 19:22.

3. One of the “fenced cities” of Naphtali. Josh. 19:38; Judges 1:33.

4. An idolatrous temple or place in Egypt. Jer. 43:13. In the middle ages Heliopolis was still called by the Arabs Ain Shems.