MEPHAATH (mĕf'ā-ăth, Heb. mēpha‘ath, splendor). A town in the territory of Reuben (Josh.13.18) and given to the Levitical family of Merari (Josh.21.37). At the time of Eusebius and Jerome a Roman garrison was stationed in this place.
MEPHAATH mĕf’ ĭ ăth
). A city given to the tribe of Reuben (Josh 13:18
), assigned to the Merarite Levites (Josh 21:37
; 1 Chron 6:79
). In Jeremiah 48:21
it appears as a Moabite town. It may be modern Jawah, c. six m. S of Amman.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
mef’-a-ath, me-fa’-ath (mepha`ath and meypha`ath, mopha`ath; Codex Vaticanus, Maiphaath, Mephaath): A city of the Amorites in the territory allotted to Reuben, named with Kedemoth and Kiriathaim (Jos 13:18), and given to the Merarite Levites (Jos 21:37; 1Ch 6:79). It appears again as a Moabite town in Jer 48:21. It was known to Eusebius and Jerome (Onom) as occupied by a Roman garrison, but the site has been lost.