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Ananiah, in the Bible, is a town in the tribe of Benjamin between Nob and Hazor (Nehemiah 11:32). It is one of the localities inhabited by the tribe of Benjamin after the return from the Babylonian Exile.[1] Ananiah, whose name means "protected by God," was identified by the 19th century French traveler V. Guérin, author of Description de La Jude'e, with the present-day Beit Hanina, located 3 miles north of Jerusalem.[2] Edward Robinson concurred, but W.F. Albright maintained that Ananiah is the village of al-Eizariya east of Jerusalem.[3][4] Some modern scholars also identify Ananiah with al-Eizariya.[5][6]


  1. ^ Nehemiah 11:32
  2. ^ Guérin, 1868, p. 394
  3. ^ About Beit Hanina Official Website Beit Hanina Community Center; Mohamed Shaker Sifadden
  4. ^ W. F. Albright (1922–1923). "Excavations and Results at Tell El-Fûl (Gibeah of Saul) by the Director of the School in Jerusalem". American Schools of Oriental Research, Annual 4. pp. 158–160. 
  5. ^ G. Barkay, A. Fantalkin and O. Tal (2002). "A Late Iron Age Fortress North of Jerusalem". Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 328: 49–71. doi:10.2307/1357779. 
  6. ^ Boaz Zissu (2012). "Excavations near Nahmanides Cave in Jerusalem and the Question of the Identification of Biblical Nob". Israel Exploration Journal 62 (1): 54–70. 


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.