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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bethel  \Beth"el\,  n.  [Heb.  b?th-el  house  of  God.] 
  1.  A  place  of  worship;  a  hallowed  spot.  --S.  F.  Adams. 
 
  2.  A  chapel  for  dissenters.  [Eng.] 
 
  3.  A  house  of  worship  for  seamen. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bethel 
  n  :  a  house  of  worship  (especially  one  for  sailors) 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Bethel,  AK  (city,  FIPS  6520) 
  Location:  60.76821  N,  161.77222  W 
  Population  (1990):  4674  (1624  housing  units) 
  Area:  114.7  sq  km  (land),  14.9  sq  km  (water) 
  Bethel,  CT  (CDP,  FIPS  4790) 
  Location:  41.37153  N,  73.41158  W 
  Population  (1990):  8835  (3615  housing  units) 
  Area:  10.5  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  06801 
  Bethel,  DE  (town,  FIPS  5820) 
  Location:  38.57006  N,  75.61979  W 
  Population  (1990):  178  (86  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.2  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  19931 
  Bethel,  ME 
  Zip  code(s):  04217 
  Bethel,  MN  (city,  FIPS  5554) 
  Location:  45.40059  N,  93.26937  W 
  Population  (1990):  394  (135  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.2  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Bethel,  MO  (town,  FIPS  5104) 
  Location:  39.87823  N,  92.02272  W 
  Population  (1990):  117  (90  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  63434 
  Bethel,  NC  (town,  FIPS  5460) 
  Location:  35.80759  N,  77.37608  W 
  Population  (1990):  1842  (743  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.6  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  27812 
  Bethel,  NY 
  Zip  code(s):  12720 
  Bethel,  OH  (village,  FIPS  6068) 
  Location:  38.96245  N,  84.08469  W 
  Population  (1990):  2407  (976  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  45106 
  Bethel,  OK 
  Zip  code(s):  74724 
  Bethel,  PA 
  Zip  code(s):  19507 
  Bethel,  VT 
  Zip  code(s):  05032 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bethel 
  house  of  God.  (1.)  A  place  in  Central  Palestine,  about  10  miles 
  north  of  Jerusalem,  at  the  head  of  the  pass  of  Michmash  and  Ai 
  It  was  originally  the  royal  Canaanite  city  of  Luz  (Gen.  28:19). 
  The  name  Bethel  was  at  first  apparently  given  to  the  sanctuary 
  in  the  neighbourhood  of  Luz,  and  was  not  given  to  the  city 
  itself  till  after  its  conquest  by  the  tribe  of  Ephraim.  When 
  Abram  entered  Canaan  he  formed  his  second  encampment  between 
  Bethel  and  Hai  (Gen.  12:8);  and  on  his  return  from  Egypt  he  came 
  back  to  it  and  again  "called  upon  the  name  of  the  Lord"  (13:4). 
  Here  Jacob,  on  his  way  from  Beersheba  to  Haran,  had  a  vision  of 
  the  angels  of  God  ascending  and  descending  on  the  ladder  whose 
  top  reached  unto  heaven  (28:10,  19);  and  on  his  return  he  again 
  visited  this  place  "where  God  talked  with  him"  (35:1-15),  and 
  there  he  "built  an  altar,  and  called  the  place  El-beth-el" 
  (q.v.).  To  this  second  occasion  of  God's  speaking  with  Jacob  at 
  Bethel,  Hosea  (12:4,5)  makes  reference. 
 
  In  troublous  times  the  people  went  to  Bethel  to  ask  counsel  of 
  God  (Judg.  20:18,  31;  21:2).  Here  the  ark  of  the  covenant  was 
  kept  for  a  long  time  under  the  care  of  Phinehas,  the  grandson  of 
  Aaron  (20:26-28).  Here  also  Samuel  held  in  rotation  his  court  of 
  justice  (1  Sam.  7:16).  It  was  included  in  Israel  after  the 
  kingdom  was  divided,  and  it  became  one  of  the  seats  of  the 
  worship  of  the  golden  calf  (1  Kings  12:28-33;  13:1).  Hence  the 
  prophet  Hosea  (Hos.  4:15;  5:8;  10:5,  8)  calls  it  in  contempt 
  Beth-aven,  i.e.,  "house  of  idols."  Bethel  remained  an  abode  of 
  priests  even  after  the  kingdom  of  Israel  was  desolated  by  the 
  king  of  Assyria  (2  Kings  17:28,  29).  At  length  all  traces  of  the 
  idolatries  were  extirpated  by  Josiah,  king  of  Judah  (2  Kings 
  23:15-18);  and  the  place  was  still  in  existence  after  the 
  Captivity  (Ezra  2:28;  Neh.  7:32).  It  has  been  identified  with 
  the  ruins  of  Beitin  a  small  village  amid  extensive  ruins  some  9 
  miles  south  of  Shiloh. 
 
  (2.)  Mount  Bethel  was  a  hilly  district  near  Bethel  (Josh. 
  16:1;  1  Sam.  13:2). 
 
  (3.)  A  town  in  the  south  of  Judah  (Josh.  8:17;  12:16). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Beth-el,  the  house  of  God 
 




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