Dothan (ancient city)

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View of Tel Dothan
Northern views. Joseph's Well at Dothan

Dothan (Hebrew: דֹתָן) (also, Dothaim) was a city located north of Shechem, and about 100 km north of Hebron. Eusebius places it 12 miles to the north of Sebaste (Samaria). It has been identified with Tel Dothan located ten kilometers (driving distance) southwest of Jenin, near Dotan Junction of Route 60.[1][2][3]

It is first mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 37:17) in connection with the history of Joseph as the place where Jacob (Israel's) sons had moved their sheep and where, at the suggestion of Judah, the brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelite merchants (Gen. 37:17). It later appears as the residence of Elisha (2 Kings 6:13) and the scene of a vision of chariots and horses of fire surrounding the mountain on which the city stood.

The Israeli settlement of Mevo Dotan's name, approach to Dothan, is derived from its nearby location. Dothan, Alabama is also named after the Biblical city.

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  1. ^ Daniel M. Master and John Monson. "Tel Dothan 2002 Overview". Harvard University: Faculty of arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Tel Dothan (photo and map)". Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Edward, Biblical Researches in Palestine and the Adjacent Regions (Boston: 1860), vol. ii, page 419.


Coordinates: 32°24′48.70″N 35°14′23.50″E / 32.4135278°N 35.2398611°E / 32.4135278; 35.2398611

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