Places of The Bible



בֵּית אֵל

Beit El


Meaning of the Name Bethel

House of God

Where is Bethel

16 miles north of Jerusalem, in the Tribal territory of Benjamin

What does the Bible say about Bethel? What happened in Bethel?

Bethel appears throughout the Bible as a special location for prayer. Abraham called out in God’s name in Bethel, and Bethel is named as the place where Jacob dreamed of angels going up and down a ladder. When the kingdom of Israel split, Jeroboam made two golden calves to deter the people of his kingdom from going to the Temple in Jerusalem. He placed one in Bethel at the southern border of his kingdom.


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