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Pirathon was an ancient town mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. While some scholars speculate on its likely location, its exact whereabouts are not known.[1] However, it is known that the town was located in modern Israel, in the area once held by the Israelite tribe of Ephraim.[2].

Brenton translates as Pharathon (Greek: Φαραθών) in his version of the Septuagint.[3]

The town is notable as the home of Hillel, father of Abdon, one of the judges of early Israel (Judges 12:13-15), and because Benaiah, one of King David's captains (or "mighty ones"), originated there.[4]


  1. ^ Columbia Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Judges 12:15
  3. ^ Brenton, Judges 12:15
  4. ^ 2 Samuel 23:30