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Kir´jath. This word means town or city, and is much used in the formation of names of places, like our own town. The following are the principal places distinguished by this term:—

Kir-Jathaim

Ki´r–Jatha´im (double town), one of the most ancient towns in the country east of the Jordan, as it was possessed by the gigantic Emim (), who were expelled by the Moabites (), who in their turn were dispossessed by the Amorites, from whom it was taken by the Israelites. Kir-jathaim was then assigned to Reuben (; ). But during the Assyrian exile the Moabites again took possession of this and other towns (; ). Eusebius places it about half an hour west of the ruins of Medeba. There was another place of this name in the tribe of Naphtali ().

Kirjath-Arba

Kir´jath-Ar´ba, the ancient name of Hebron, but still in use in the time of Nehemiah () [HEBRON].

Kirjath-Baal

Kir´jath-Baal (city of Baal). This city is more usually called Kirjath-Jearim.

Kirjath-Huzoth

Kir´jath-Hu´zoth (city of streets), a town in Moab ().

Kirjath-Jearim

Kir´jath-Je´arim (city of forests), one of the towns of the Gibeonites (). It was to this place that the Ark was brought from Bethshemesh, after it had been removed from the land of the Philistines, and where it remained till removed to Jerusalem by David (1 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 13). This was one of the ancient sites which were again inhabited after the exile (; ). Eusebius and Jerome speak of it as being in their day a village nine or ten miles from Diospolis (Lydda), on the road to Jerusalem. Dr. Robinson thinks it possible that the ancient Kirjath-jearim may be recognized in the present Kuryet-el-Enab. The close correspondence of name and position seems to warrant this conclusion. This place is that which ecclesiastical tradition has identified with the Anathoth of Jeremiah, which Dr. Robinson refers to Anata [ANATHOTH]. It is now a poor village, its principal buildings being an old convent of the Minorites, and a Latin church. The latter is now deserted, but not in ruins, and is said to be one of the largest and most solidly constructed churches in Palestine (Robinson, ii 109; 334-337).

Kirjath-Sannah

Kir´jath-San´nah (city of palms; ), otherwise Kirjath-sepher (city of the book), a city of the tribe of Judah, called also Debir, which see (; ).

 

 

 

 


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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Kirjath'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/kbe/k/kirjath.html.

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