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Ananiah, in the Bible, is a town in the tribe of Benjamin between Nob and Hazor (modern Tell el-Qedah)[1] (Nehemiah 11:32). It is one of the localities inhabited by the tribe of Benjamin after the return from the Babylonian Exile.[2] Ananiah, whose name means "protected by God," was identified by the 19th century French traveler V. Guérin, author of Description de La Jude'e, with the present-day Beit Hanina, located 3 miles north of Jerusalem.[3] Edward Robinson concurred, but W.F. Albright maintained that Ananiah is the village of al-Eizariya east of Jerusalem.[4][5] Some modern scholars also identify Ananiah with al-Eizariya.[6][7]


  1. ^ David Noel Freedman (2000). Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. W.B. Eerdmans. p. 560. ISBN 978-0-8028-2400-4.
  2. ^ Nehemiah 11:32
  3. ^ Guérin, 1868, p. 394
  4. ^ About Beit Hanina Archived February 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Official Website Beit Hanina Community Center; Mohamed Shaker Sifadden
  5. ^ W. F. Albright (1922–1923). "Excavations and Results at Tell El-Fûl (Gibeah of Saul) by the Director of the School in Jerusalem". American Schools of Oriental Research, Annual. 4. pp. 158–160.
  6. ^ G. Barkay, A. Fantalkin and O. Tal (2002). "A Late Iron Age Fortress North of Jerusalem". Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. 328 (328): 49–71. doi:10.2307/1357779. JSTOR 1357779.
  7. ^ Boaz Zissu (2012). "Excavations near Nahmanides Cave in Jerusalem and the Question of the Identification of Biblical Nob". Israel Exploration Journal. 62 (1): 54–70.


  • Guérin, Victor (1868). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine. Vol 1, Judee, pt. 1. Paris, L'Imprimerie Imp.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.

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