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(Heb. Beney' Yaakan', בְּנֵי יִעֲקָן, Children of Jaakan; Sept. Βαναία v. r. Βανικάν ; Vulg. Benejaacan), a tribe who gave their name to certain wells in the desert which formed one of the halting-places of the Israelites on their journey to Canaan (Numbers 33:31-32). (See BEEROTH-BENE- JAAKAN). The tribe doubtless derived its name from Jaakan, the son of Ezer, son of Seir the Horite (1 Chronicles 1:42). (See AKAN); JAKAN. In the time of Eusebius and Jerome (Onomast. s.v. Ι᾿ακείμ, Beroth fil. Jacin), the spot was shown ten miles from Petra, on the top of a mountain. Robinson suggests the small fountain et-Taiyibeh, at the bottom of the pass er-Rubay under Petra, a short distance from the Arabah (Researches, 2, 583). The word "Beeroth," however, suggests, not a spring, but a group of artificial wells. In the Targum of Pseudo-Jonathan the name is given in Numbers as Akta (בֵּירֵי עִקְתָּא ). The assemblage of fountains near the northern extremity of the Arabah is no doubt referred to. (See EXODE).

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

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