Beit Shean

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Beit Shean (Wikipedia)
Beit She'an

  • בֵּית שְׁאָן
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Beit Šˀan
 • Translit.Bet Šəʼan
 • Also spelledBet She'an (official)
Beth Shean (unofficial)
Beit She'an Hostel & Guest House
Beit She'an Hostel & Guest House
Official logo of Beit She'an
Beit She'an is located in Israel
Beit She'an
Beit She'an
Coordinates: 32°30′N 35°30′E / 32.500°N 35.500°E / 32.500; 35.500Coordinates: 32°30′N 35°30′E / 32.500°N 35.500°E / 32.500; 35.500
Founded6th-5th millennia BCE (Earliest settlement)
Bronze Age (Canaanite city)
 • TypeCity
 • MayorJackie Levy
 • Total7,330 dunams (7.33 km2 or 2.83 sq mi)
 • Total17,704
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
Name meaningHouse of Tranquillity
Archaeological excavation in Tell Beit Shen in 1937, the Palestinian town is seen at the top half of the picture

Beit She'an (Hebrew: בֵּית שְׁאָן About this soundBeth Šəān ; Arabic: بيسانAbout this soundBisān ) is a city in the Northern District of Israel which has played an important role in history due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley. In the Biblical account of the battle of the Israelites against the Philistines on Mount Gilboa, the bodies of King Saul and three of his sons were hung on the walls of Beit She'an (1 Samuel 31:10-12). In Roman times, Beit She'an was the leading city of the Decapolis. In modern times, Beit She'an serves as a regional center for the settlements in the Beit She'an Valley.

The ancient city ruins are now protected within the Beit She'an National Park.

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