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  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


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" (2 Samuel 23:27), and of Jehu, another of his mighty men (1 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.

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

or Anath, answer; song; poverty

Naves Topical Index

1. A city:

A city of refuge in Benjamin
Joshua 21:18; 1 Chronicles 6:60

Abiathar confined in
1 Kings 2:26

Birthplace of Jeremiah
Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 32:7-12

Birthplace of Abiezer
2 Samuel 23:27

Birthplace of Jehu
1 Chronicles 12:3

Prophecies against
Jeremiah 11:21-23

Inhabitants of, after Babylonian captivity
Ezra 2:23; Nehemiah 7:27

2. Son of Becher
1 Chronicles 7:8

3. A Jew, who returned from Babylon
Nehemiah 10:19

Smith's Bible Dictionary

1. (answers to prayer).

  1. Son of Becher, a son of Benjamin. (1 Chronicles 7:8)
  2. One of the "heads of the people" who signed the covenant in the time of Nehemiah. (Nehemiah 10:19) (B.C. 410.)

2. a priests' city belonging to the tribe of Benjamin, with "suburbs." (Joshua 21:18; 1 Chronicles 6:60) Anathoth lay about three miles from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 10:30) The cultivation of the priests survives in tilled fields of grain, with figs and olives. There are the remains of walls and strong foundations, and the quarries still supply Jerusalem with building stones.
3. a city on the Jordan, "beside Zaretan," in the time of Joshua. (Joshua 3:16)