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Definitions for bethel
ˈbɛθ əl, -ɛl, ˌbɛθˈɛlbethel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bethelnoun

    a house of worship (especially one for sailors)


  1. bethelnoun

    A holy place.

  2. bethelnoun

    A chapel, especially one for sailors.

  3. Bethelnoun

    An ancient town in Palestine near the modern town of Baytin; the site of Abraham's first altar

  4. Etymology: house of God


  1. Bethel

    Bethel (Hebrew: בֵּית אֵל, romanized: Bēṯ 'Ēl, "House of El" or "House of God", also transliterated Beth El, Beth-El, Beit El; Greek: Βαιθήλ; Latin: Bethel) was an ancient Israelite sanctuary frequently mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Bethel is first referred to in the bible as being near where Abram pitched his tent. Later, Bethel is mentioned as the location where Jacob dreams of a ladder leading to heaven, and which he therefore named Bethel, "House of God". The name is further used for a border city located between the territory of the Israelite tribe of Benjamin and that of the tribe of Ephraim, which first belonged to the Benjaminites and was later conquered by the Ephraimites. In the 4th century CE, Eusebius of Caesarea and Jerome described Bethel as a small village that lay 12 Roman miles north of Jerusalem, to the right or east of the road leading to Neapolis.Most scholars identify Bethel with the modern-day village of Beitin, located in the West Bank, 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) northeast of Ramallah; a few scholars prefer El-Bireh. In 1977, the biblical name was applied to the Israeli settlement of Beit El, founded nearby. In several countries—particularly in the United States—the name has been given to various locations (see Bethel (disambiguation)).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bethelnoun

    a place of worship; a hallowed spot

  2. Bethelnoun

    a chapel for dissenters

  3. Bethelnoun

    a house of worship for seamen


  1. Bethel

    Bethel Ugaritic: bt il, meaning "House of El" or "House of God", Hebrew: בֵּית אֵל, also transliterated Beth El, Beth-El, or Beit El; Greek: Βαιθηλ; Latin: Bethel was a border city described in the Hebrew Bible as being located between Benjamin and Ephraim. Eusebius of Caesarea and Jerome describe it in their time as a small village that lay 12 Roman miles north of Jerusalem, to the right or east of the road leading to Neapolis. Edward Robinson identified the village of Beitin in Palestine with ancient Bethel in Biblical Researches in Palestine, 1838–52. He based this assessment on its fitting the location described in earlier texts, and on the philological similarities between the modern and ancient name, arguing that the replacement of the Hebrew el with the Arabic in was not unusual. Ten years after the Six Day War, the biblical name was applied to an Israeli settlement Beit El constructed adjacent to Beitin. In several countries - particularly in the US - the name was given to various locations. A second biblical Bethel, in the southern Judah, is mentioned in the Book of Joshua, and seems to be the same as Bethul or Bethuel, a city of the tribe of Simeon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bethel

    beth′el, n. a hallowed spot, a name applied by some Methodists to their places of worship: an old ship fitted up in a port as a place of worship for sailors. [Heb. Bēth-ēl, house of God.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bethel

    a place 11 m. N. of Jerusalem, scene of Jacob's dream, and famous in the history of the patriarchs.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bethel is ranked #4686 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bethel surname appeared 7,573 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Bethel.

    59% or 4,470 total occurrences were White.
    33.9% or 2,568 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 212 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 200 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 82 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 41 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bethel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bethel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bethel in a Sentence

  1. Michael Lang:

    Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCounts critical mission to get out the vote before the next election, we thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock.

  2. Bethel Church:

    As a church family, our hearts are with the Heiligenthals, and we are both praying for Olive and walking with them through their deep grief and sorrow, bethel leadership is committed to caring for and serving the Heiligenthal family during this difficult time.

  3. Chief Jay Parrish:

    I'm highly alarmed that someone would feel that way and that would take these significant steps to attack an innocent person, a godly person, at Bethel AME Church ', one of the most sacred things our society has left.

  4. Lamont Thomas:

    Bethel AME Church comes across insensitive, bethel AME Church comes across as grandstanding, people coming to get their 15 minutes of fame.

  5. Sean Feucht:

    Nobody was angry, we were just like, We want to worship. We want to declare a blessing over the state of California. When they persecute and discriminate, we bless. We want to release hope and we want to unify the sound of Bethel Church.

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    a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
    • A. impounding
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    • C. congius
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