BETHUEL, BETHUL (bē-thū'ĕl, bĕth'ŭl, Heb. bethû’ēl, bethûl, abode of God) 2. A town of Simeon mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:30 as Bethuel—the form Albright prefers after comparing the various corrupted forms: Bethul (Josh 19:4), Bethel (1 Sam 30:27—a name which never occurs in the lists of Judean cities), and Chesil (Josh 15:30). Grollenberg suggests Khirbet el- Qaryatein, a ruin S of Hebron as a possible location. Bibliography W. F. Albright, “Egypt and the Early History of the Negeb,” JPOS IV (1924), 149-161; E. A. Speiser, “The Wife-Sister Motif in the Patriarchal Narratives,” in A. Altmann, (ed.) Biblical and Other Studies (1963), 15-28. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) Frank E. Hirsch be-thu’-el, beth’-u-el (bethu’el, "destroyed of God"): A town of Simeon (1Ch 4:30), the same as Bethul (Jos 19:4), and, probably, as the Beth-el of 1Sa 30:27.