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(Heb. Beeroth' Beney'-Yaakan', בְּאֵרוֹת בְּנֵיאּיִעֲקָן, wells of the sons of Jaakan; Sept. Βηρώθ υἱῶν Ι᾿ακίμ ), a place through which the Israelites twice passed in the desert, being their twenty-seventh and thirty-third station on the way from Egypt to Canaan (Numbers 33:31-32; Deuteronomy 10:6). (See EXODE). From a comparison of these passages (in the former of which it is called simply. BENE-JAAKAN, and in the latter partly translated "Beeroth of the children of Jaakan"), it appears to have been situated in the valley of the Arabah, not far from Mount Hor (Mosera or Moseroth), in the direction of Kadesh-Barnea, and may therefore have well represented the tract including the modern fountains in that region, called Ain el-Ghamr, Ain el-Weibeh, el-Hufeiry, el-Buweirideh, etc., lying within a short distance of each other. Jaakan (or AKAN) was a descendant of Seir the Horite (Genesis 36:27; 1 Chronicles 1:42), and the territory designated by the name of his children may therefore naturally be sought in this vicinity (see Browne's Ordo Saeclorum, p. 270). Dr. Robinson (Researches, 2, 583) inclines to identify this place with Moseroth, on account of the statement of Eusebius and Jerome (Onomast. s.v.) that Beeroth Bene Jaakan was extant in their day ten Roman miles from Petra, on the top of the mountain-probably a conjectural tradition. Schwarz's confusion of Wady and Jebel Araif en-Nakah in the interior of the desert et-Tih with this place, under the name of Anaka (Palest. p. 213), is unworthy of farther notice.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Beeroth-Bene-Jaakan'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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