Beth-shan (Beth-shan´; also Beth-shean)

An important biblical city located between the Jezreel and Jordan Valleys. At the time of the Israelite conquest (1250–1200 BCE), Beth-shan was listed among the cities of Manasseh. However, the Israelites were unable to conquer the city because of the strength of the Canaanites living in it (Josh 17:11-12; Judg 1:27). Later, (1Sam 31:12) relates that the bodies of Saul and his sons were exposed on the walls of Beth-shan by the Philistines. In the NT era, the town was known as Scythopolis, the only city of the Decapolis west of the Jordan River.

Josh 17:11-12

11Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh had Beth-shean and its villages, Ibleam and its villages, the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, the inhabitants of En-d ... View more

Judg 1:27

27Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inh ... View more

1Sam 31:12

12all the valiant men set out, traveled all night long, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan. They came to Jabesh and ... View more

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