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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  house  of  nothingness;  i.e.,  "of  idols",  a  place  in  the  mountains 
  of  Benjamin,  east  of  Bethel  (Josh.  7:2;  18:12;  1  Sam.  13:5).  In 
  Hos.  4:15;  5:8;  10:5  it  stands  for  Bethel"  (q.v.),  and  it  is  so 
  called  because  it  was  no  longer  the  "house  of  God,"  but  "the 
  house  of  idols,"  referring  to  the  calves  there  worshipped. 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Beth-aven,  the  house  of  vanity;  of  iniquity  of  trouble