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kē´nath ( קנת , ḳenāth ; Καάθ , Kaāth , Kaanath , in Septuagint, Codex Alexandrinus): A city in Bashan, taken along with its "daughters," i.e. "villages" from the Amorites by Nobah who gave it his own name ( Numbers 32:42 ). It was recaptured by Geshur and Aram (1 Chronicles 2:23 ). It is probably identical with the modern Ḳanawāt , which is built on the site, and largely from the materials of an ancient city. It lies about 16 miles to the North of Boṣra eski Shām , the Bostra of the Romans, on both sides of Wādy Kanawāt , 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 - Maḳām Ayyūb . 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.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Kenath'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/k/kenath.html. 1915.

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