Kenath

KENATH (kē'năth, Heb. qenāth, possession). A city of the Amorites in the region of Bashan in the kingdom of Og. In the last days of Moses, one Nobah, presumably of Manasseh, went and took it with its outlying villages and named it after himself (Num.32.42). Later the two little kingdoms of Geshur and Aram, near Mount Hermon, took Kenath along with Havvoth-Jair and the surrounding sixty cities in the land of Gilead (1Chr.2.22-1Chr.2.23).


KENATH ke’ năth (קְנָ֖ת). A city in Bashan, taken from the Amorites by Nobah who gave it his own name (Num 32:42). It was later recaptured by Geshur and Aram (1 Chron 2:23). It became one of the cities of the Decapolis under the name Kanatha. The Arabians defeated Herod the Great there (Jos. War I. xix. 2). It is usually identified with Qanawat, sixteen m. NF of Bostra, where there are many impressive ruins from Graeco-Roman times.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A city in Bashan, taken along with its "daughters," i.e. "villages" from the Amorites by Nobah who gave it his own name (Nu 32:42). It was recaptured by Geshur and Aram (1Ch 2:23). It is probably identical with the modern Kanawat, which is built on the site, and largely from the materials of an ancient city. It lies about 16 miles to the North of Bosra eski Sham, the Bostra of the Romans, on both sides of Wady Kanawat, where, descending from the slopes of Jebel ed-Druze, it plunges over a precipice, forming a picturesque waterfall. On the plateau above the modern village, there is a striking collection of Roman and Christian remains, the shapely forms of many columns lending distinction to the scene. One large building is associated with the name of the patriarch Job--Maqam Ayyub. The position commands a spacious and interesting view over the whole of the Chauran. The identification has been rejected by Socin (Baedeker, Pal3, 207), but his reasons are not given. Moore (Judges, 222) also rejects it, but for reasons that are not convincing.