Anathoth // is the name of one of the Levitical cities given to "the children of Aaron" in the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 21:13–18; 1 Chronicles 6:54–60). Residents were called Antothites or Anetothites. Since the Israelites often did not change the names of the towns they found in Canaan, the name of this town may be derived from a Canaanite goddess, `Anat. However, it is also given as the name of an Israelite person in 1 Chronicles (1 Chr 7:8), and in Nehemiah (Neh 10:19).
Anathoth is mentioned as the native place of Abiezer the Anetothite, one of David's "thirty" (2 Samuel 23:27), and of Jehu, another of his mighty men (1 Chr 12:3). King Solomon banishes Abiathar the Priest to Anathoth, "unto thine own fields". It is perhaps best known as the home town of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 1:1; 29:27; 32:7-9). He delivers a prophecy of tribulation by the sword against the residents of Anathoth, who were plotting against him (Jer 11:21-23).
Anathoth suffered greatly from the army of Sennacherib, and only 128 men returned to it from the Babylonian exile (Neh 7:27; Ezra 2:23). It lay about 3 miles north of Jerusalem. The Arab village of 'Anata was identified as the site of Anathoth by Edward Robinson. The modern Israeli settlement of Anatot (also known as Almon) was named after it.
Abu Ghosh has also been associated with Anathoth. In the Bible, Jeremiah prophesied that the field there, would be bought from money by the chief priests, that Judas Iscariot had returned after he had betrayed Jesus before he hanged himself. (Jeremiah 32:1-15; Matthew 27:3-10)
- "Anathoth". The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. Columbia University Press. 2013.
- Sir William Smith, eds. (1863). A dictionary of the Bible: comprising its antiquities, biography, geography, and natural history 3. Little, Brown, and Co. p. lxviii.
- Conder and Kitchener, 1883, p. 18
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