Berothai

BEROTHAH, BEROTHAI (bē-rō'tha, bē-rō'thī, Heb. bērôthāh, well or wells). A town situated between Hamath and Damascus (Ezek.47.16). Probably the same as a city of Hadadezer that David took (2Sam.8.8). It has now been identified as Bereitan, north of Damascus.


BEROTHAH, BEROTHAI bĭ rō’ thə; thī (Ezek 47:16 בֵּרֹ֨ותָה; LXX Βηρωθα; ̓Αβθηρα; ̓Ωσθηρα; 2 Sam 8:8 בֵּֽרֹתַ֖י, LXX ἐκ τω̂ν ἐκλεκτω̂ν πόλεων). A city of Hadadezer situated between Damascus and Hamath and from which David took much bronze. It was once thought that this was Beirut. The more probable identification, however, is with Bereitan, N of Damascus.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

Probably two forms of the same name. Eze 47:16 places it on the ideal northern frontier of Israel, between Damascus and Hamath. According to 2Sa 8:8 it was a city of Hadadezer, king of Zobah. In the parallel passage (1Ch 18:8) Cun is given in place of Berothai. Its site is unknown. Ewald connected it with Beirut (so also apparently H. P. Smith, ICC, "Samuel," 307), but Ezekiel’s description excludes this view. Others have sought it in the Wady Brissa, in the East slope of Lebanon, North of Baalbec. A more plausible conjecture identifies it with Bereitan (Brithen), a village somewhat South of Baalbec (Baedeker, Pal3, 369). Possibly, however, the ideal northern frontier line should be drawn farther south. See Hethlon; Zedad; Zobah.