ARBATTA är băt’ ə (̓Αρβάττα; KJV ARBATTIS är bǎt’ ǐs). A district of Pal. from which brought to Jerusalem some Jews who were in danger of attack by Gentile forces (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ar-bat’-a, ar-bat’-is theArbattis, (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 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).