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Two Wells

Dothan, from the Hebrew meaning two wells, was an ancient town in the tribal territory of Manasseh (see Tribal Lands), west of The Jordan River, northeast of the city of Samaria, southeast of Megiddo (see Armageddon). The town, which was the scene of a number of important events in Bible History, is today a ruin.

Dothan Joseph Sold Into Slavery

It was at Dothan that Joseph's brothers threw him into "one of the pits," perhaps referring to one of the two wells.

"So Joseph [see Coat Of Many Colors] went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams." (Genesis 37:17-20 RSV)

Chariots of Fire

It was at Dothan that "the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

"And one of his servants said, "None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet [see Prophets] who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel [see Kings of Israel and Judah] the words that you speak in your bedchamber."

"And he said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him." It was told him, "Behold, he is in Dothan." So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army; and they came by night, and surrounded the city."

"When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was round about the city. And the servant said, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"

"He said, "Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."

"Then Elisha prayed, and said, "O Lord, I pray Thee, open his eyes that he may see." So The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

"And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to The Lord, and said, "Strike this people, I pray thee, with blindness." So He struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.

"And Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, and this is not the city; follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." And he led them to Samaria." (2 Kings 6:12-19 RSV)

Fact Finder: Which of Joseph's brothers prevented his other brothers from killing him?
Genesis 37:21
See also Reuben

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