Arbatta

ARBATTA är băt’ ə (̓Αρβάττα; KJV ARBATTIS är bǎt’ ǐs). A district of Pal. from which Simon Maccabeus brought to Jerusalem some Jews who were in danger of attack by Gentile forces (1 Macc 5:21ff.). It cannot be identified with certainty. Among places suggested have been the plain through which the Jordan flows into the Lake of Galilee; a toparchy W of Samaria, bordering upon Galilee; and Arubboth.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ar-bat’-a, ar-bat’-is the King James Version Arbattis, (en Arbattois (plural)): Apparently a district in the neighborhood of Galilee, from which the Jews who were in danger of attack by the heathen were carried by nodetitle to Jerusalem (1 Macc 5:21 ff). It cannot be identified with certainty. Ewald (Hist, V, 314, English translation) favors el- BaTeicha, the plain through which the Jordan flows into the Lake of Galilee. Encyclopedia Biblica (s.v.) suggests "the Arabah, or Araboth of Jordan." Possibly however we should look for it in the toparchy of Akrabattis, to the Southeast of Shechem (BJ, III, iii, 4 f).

W. Ewing