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LUZ. 1. Genesis 28:19 ; Genesis 35:6 ; Genesis 48:3 , Joshua 16:2 ; Joshua 18:13 , Judges 1:23-26 . The exact locality is uncertain, and a comparison of the above passages will show that it is also uncertain whether Luz and Bethel were one or two sites. In Genesis 28:19 it is stated that Jacob changed the name of the place of his vision from Luz to Bethel (cf. also Genesis 35:6 , Judges 1:23 ). The two passages in Joshua, however, seem to contradict this; both of them speak of Luz and Bethel as two distinct places. A possible solution is that Luz was the name of the old Canaanite city, and Bethel the pillar and altar of Jacob outside the city. 2. Luz is also the name of a city built on Hittite territory after the destruction of the original Canaanite city ( Judges 1:26 ).

T. A. Moxon.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Luz'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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