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BEEROTH ("wells"):

One of the cities of the Gibeonites (Josh. ix. 17) which after the conquest fell to the lot of Benjamin (Josh. xviii. 25). This possession, however, seems to have been but temporary; for in II Sam. iv. 3 we find that the inhabitants fled to Gittaim. The name is again found in the post-exilic list of those that returned with Zerubbabel (Ezra ii. 25; Neh. vii. 29; "Beroth" I Esd. v. 19). It is the modern El-Bireh (Baedeker-Socin,p. 325; Buhl, "Geographie des Alten Palästina," p. 173).

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