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Berothah (Hebrew bērôṯâ) is a city named in Ezekiel 47:16, located on the northern boundary of the ideal state of Israel. It is probably to be identified with Berothai (bērôṯay),[1] an ancient Syrian city ruled by Hadadezer bar Rehob,[2] king of Zobah, in the early tenth century BCE. According to II Samuel 8:8, King David of Israel pillaged the city of a great quantity of bronze[3] or copper.[4]

The site of Berothai is probably the modern-day village of Bereitân (Brital), 13 km (8 mi) south of Baalbek.[5]

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  1. ^ Entries on "Berothah" and "Berothai" in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000), p. 168.
  2. ^ Gösta W. Ahlström, The History of Ancient Palestine (Fortress Press, 1993), p. 396.
  3. ^ Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, p. 168.
  4. ^ Hillel I. Millgram, The Invention of Monotheist Ethics (University of America Press, 2010), p. 334.
  5. ^ Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible p. 168.