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Bethel (בית אל), also written as Beth El or Beth-El, is a Semitic word that has acquired various meanings.


Semitic root

A Semitic, possibly Phonecian word meaning 'sacred stone/pillar" was the etymological root of the Greek Baetylus. Phoenician was a language originally spoken in the coastal region of what is now Lebanon. ... Baetylus or Bethel is a semitic word denoting a sacred stone, which was supposed to be endowed with life. ...

  • For traditions of other such stones named Bethel and a god named Bethel see also Bethel (god).

Bethel meaning in Hebrew and Phoenician and Aramaic House of El or House of God is seemingly the name of a god or an aspect of a god in some ancient middle-eastern texts dating to the Assyrian, Persian and Hellenistic periods. ...


In this Semitic language of the Jewish people, bethel means "house of El") Semitic is a linguistic term referring to a subdivision of largely Middle Eastern Afro-Asiatic languages, the Semitic languages, as well as their speakers corresponding cultures, and ethnicities. ... Jews (Hebrew: יהודים, Yehudim) are followers of Judaism or, more generally, members of the Jewish people (also known as the Jewish nation, or the Children of Israel), an ethno-religious group descended from the ancient Israelites and converts who joined their religion. ... Beth is a Hebrew combining form meaning house of. ... Ēl (אל) is a northwest Semitic word and name translated into English as either god or God or left untranslated as El, depending on the context. ...

There are many Jewish temples that go by the name Beth-El (sometimes written as Beth El), meaning house of God. Some notable Temples Beth-El in the United States include: Temple Beth-El (Birmingham, Alabama) Temple Beth-El (Charlotte, North Carolina) Temple Beth-El (Pensacola, Florida) Temple Beth-El...


Bethel (Israel) is a city in ancient Israel, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem. It is identified with the modern Palestinian village of Beitun in the West Bank, near the modern Israeli settlement of Beit El. Bethel (Hebrew בֵּית־אֵל, Standard Hebrew Bet El, Beyt El, Tiberian Hebrew Bêṯ-ʼĒl) is a Biblical city in ancient Israel, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem in Samaria (Northern West Bank). ... Night view of Taipei City. ... Jerusalem (Hebrew: Yerushalayim; Arabic: al-Quds; Greek Ιεροσόλυμα; Latin Aelia Capitolina) is an ancient Middle Eastern city on the watershed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea at an elevation of 650-840 meters. ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... Beit El is an Israeli settlement in the Binyamin region of the Northern West Bank (Samaria). ...

  • Bethel was also a town in southern 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.

According to Biblical scripture, running from the wrath of his brother Esau, the patriarch Jacob rests and falls asleep on a stone for a pillow in this exact spot. In the dream that follows, Jacob sees a ladder leading up to Heaven, with angels going up and down on the ladder to and from Heaven. Jacob awakes, and realizes that God's presence is in this exact spot. He anoints his "Pillar Stone" here and later God commands him to build an altar here. Much later, the first king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Jeroboam) set up a Golden Calf here, (and another one in Dan), along with changing the Feast of Tabernacles to the eighth month instead of the seventh, and appointed non-Levites (or at least not the elder Levites) as priests in an attempt to keep Israelites from moving back down south to Jerusalem, thus losing tax money. Kingdom of Judah (Hebrew מַלְכוּת יְהוּדָה, Standard Hebrew Malḫut Yəhuda, Tiberian Hebrew Malḵûṯ Yəhûḏāh) in the times of the Hebrew Bible, was the nation formed from the territories of the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin after the Kingdom of Israel was divided, and was named after Judah... Joshua or Yehoshúa (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ Yeho/YHVH is help/saves/delivers, Standard Hebrew Yəhošúaʿ, Tiberian Hebrew Yəhôšuªʿ) is a Biblical character, much of whose life is described in the Book of Joshua. ... Simeon or Shimon (שִׁמְעוֹן) is a Hebrew name meaning Hearkening; listening, Standard Hebrew Šimʿon, Tiberian Hebrew Šimʿôn) The Greek form of the name is Simon. ... Esau (Hebrew עֵשָׂו, Standard Hebrew ʿEsav, Tiberian Hebrew ʿĒśāw) is the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the older twin brother of Jacob in the biblical Book of Genesis, who, in the Torah, was tricked by Jacob into giving up his birthright (leadership of Israel) for a mess of pottage (meal... It has been suggested that Yaqub be merged into this article or section. ... Jacobs Ladder may refer to: Jacobs Ladder (Bible) on which Jacob saw angels ascending and descending Jacobs ladder (nautical), specialised ladders used at sea Jacobs ladder (toy), a folk toy consisting of blocks on strings that, when held at one end, appear to cascade down the... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Kingdom of Israel Hebrew: מַלְכוּת יִשְׂרָאֵל, Standard Hebrew Malḫut Yisraʼel, Tiberian Hebrew Malḵûṯ Yiśrāʼēl) was the Kingdom proclaimed by the Israelite nation around 1030-1020 BCE. // Biblical Account of Israels Origins According to the Biblical account, Israel is descended from Hebrew slaves who left the Land... Jeroboam (increase of the people), the son of Nebat an Ephrathite (1 Kings 11:26-39), was the first king of the break-away ten tribes or Kingdom of Israel, over whom he reigned twenty-two years. ... Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin: imagery influenced by the Greco-Roman bacchanal In the Hebrew Bible the golden calf was an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites during Mosess unexpectedly long absence. ...

A Bethel is the name given to the meeting place as well as the local group that meets in each city. Philip

Geographical names

United States

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

Bethel also appears in the name of the following locations: Bethel is a city located in Bethel Census Area, Alaska 340 miles west of Anchorage. ... Bethels location in the state of Connecticut. ... Bethel is a town located in Sussex County, Delaware. ... Monument to local veterans of the American Civil War in Bethel Bethel is a town located in Oxford County, Maine. ... Bethel is a village located in Shelby County, Missouri. ... Bethel is a town located in Sullivan County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 4,362. ... Bethel is a town located in Pitt County, North Carolina, United States. ... Bethel is a village located in Clermont County, Ohio. ... Bethel Township is a township located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ... Bethel, Vermont Bethel is a town located in Windsor County, Vermont. ...

Bethel Park is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... Bethel Springs is a town located in McNairy County, Tennessee. ... Bethel Township is the name of some places in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania: Bethel Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania Bethel Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Bethel Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania Bethel Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists...


Several exist in Ontario, Canada: Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White trillium Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1...

  • Bethel, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario
  • Bethel, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario
  • Bethel, Prince Edward County, Ontario
  • Bethel, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

South Africa

There is a Bethel, South Africa


In English, the word Bethel can refer to a meeting place. The name is also used in the name of some denominations. In the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, a Bethel is an administrative office. It is the head office in each country where they have significant members where religious literature such as The Watchtower and the Awake is dispersed.


A Bethel is a local chapter of the Masonic girls' organization Job's Daughters International. The International Order of Jobs Daughters (Sometimes abbreviated to IOJD) and known throught the world simply as Jobs Daughters, is a Masonic related youth organization for girls aged 10 to 20 who are related to a Master Mason. ...

Sources and references

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 196, vol. 2

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Bethel (Israel) is a city in ancient Israel, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem.
A Bethel is the name given to the meeting place as well as the local group that meets in each city.
A Bethel is a local chapter of the Masonic girls' organization Job's Daughters International.
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