1 A location near Ai (Josh 7:2). 2 A regional designation for the northwest corner of land allotted to Benjamin (Josh 18:12). (1Sam 13:5) places it west of Michmash, and (1Sam 14:23) states that Saul’s conflict with the Philistines moved “beyond,” into Ephraimite territory. The prophet Hosea warns against visiting there as a possible idolatrous act (Hos 4:15), considers it a site for issuing public warnings (Hos 5:8), and associates an idolatrous calf (calves) with it (Hos 10:5), the latter a possible designation of Bethel and its shrine.
2Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out ... View more
12On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan; then the boundary goes up to the slope of Jericho on the north, then up through the hill country westwar ... View more
5The Philistines mustered to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and troops like the sand on the seashore in multitude; they ... View more
23So the Lord gave Israel the victory that day.
The battle passed beyond Beth-aven, and the troops with Saul numbered altogether about ten thousand men. The bat ... View more
15Though you play the whore, O Israel,
do not let Judah become guilty.
Do not enter into Gilgal,
or go up to Beth-aven,
and do not swear, “As the Lord lives.”
8Blow the horn in Gibeah,
the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;
look behind you, Benjamin!
5The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
for the calf of Beth-aven.
Its people shall mourn for it,
and its idolatrous priests shall wail over it,
over its glory that ... View more