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Beth Diblathaim

BETH DIBLATHAIM (bĕth' dĭb'la-thā'ĭm, house of a double cake of figs). A Moabitish town (Jer.48.22), known also as Almon Diblathaim (Num.33.46) and Diblath (Ezek.6.14) and mentioned on the Moabite Stone.


BETH-DIBLATHAIM bĕth’ dĭb lə thā’ əm (Heb. בֵּ֖ית דִּבְלָתָֽיִם), a dual form derived from the word for “pressed fig cakes” so that it is to be understood as “town of fig cakes” (Jer 48:22). The town is mentioned in the stele of Mesha (I. 30) the king of Moab (c. 830 b.c.) who mentions it in a list of newly won towns, “and I ruled over the hundred villages which I had annexed to the land, and I built [...] Medeba and Beth-diblathen and Beth-Ba’al-Meon....” However, the other form of the name Heb. עַלְמֹ֥ן דִּבְלָתָֽיְמָה, “road post of fig cakes,” as a location N of Diban appears in Numbers 33:46, and a similar place name is mentioned in Hosea 1:3 in a difficult passage as the birthplace of Gomer. It is identified as modern Deleilât-esh-Sherqîyeh with some reservation.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A town in Moab mentioned with Dibon and Nebo (Jer 48:22). It is probably identical with Almondiblathaim (Nu 33:46 f). Mesha claims to have fortified it along with Mehedeba and Ba`al-me`on (see Moabite Stone). The place is not yet identified.