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Tuesday, December 12 2017

Hometowns: Anathoth

"The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin"

Anathoth was a small town located about 5 kilometers / 3 miles northeast of Jerusalem, about half-way between Jerusalem and Ramah (see also Hometowns: Ramah).

When the Israelites entered the Promised Land in the time of Joshua, Anathoth was included within the tribal territory of Benjamin (see The Land Of Benjamin). It was moreover designated as one of the Levite cities of refuge (see Cities and Suburbs Of The Levite Clans; see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

"21:17 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs, 21:18 Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs; four cities." (Joshua 21:17-18 KJV)


A number of familiar people of Bible history were from Anathoth.

Anathoth was the home town of "Abiezer the Anetothite," one of David's "thirty" (see David's Mighty Men) and "Jehu the Antothite" (see King David's Civil War Army).

"23:8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had ... 23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite ..." (2 Samuel 23:8,27 KJV)

"12:1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war ... 12:3 ... Jehu the Antothite" (1 Chronicles 12:1,3 KJV)

King Solomon exiled Abiathar the priest to Anathoth, "unto thine own fields," after Abiathar betrayed his loyalty to David and Solomon (see Solomon's House Cleaning). It doing so, Solomon thereby fulfilled the prophecy made long before in the time of Eli about the fate of the priestly lines of the Levite patriarchs Eleazar and Ithamar (see The Lines Of Eleazar and Ithamar).

"2:26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. 2:27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh." (1 Kings 2:26-27 KJV)


Anathoth is however best-known as the home town of the prophet Jeremiah. Not only did the people of Jerusalem make themselves ignorant ("ignorant" means to ignore what has been made known - ignorance is a choice) of the LORD's prophet, the people of Anathoth also violently rejected the prophet from among them (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers). In so doing, the people of Anathoth brought the LORD's wrath upon themselves - as the LORD also spoke through Jeremiah (see Why Were The Prophets Of Truth Hated?).

""1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 1:3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month." (Jeremiah 1:1-3 KJV)

11:21 Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by our hand: 11:22 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine: 11:23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation." (Jeremiah 11:21-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: What will one day be the hometown of all of the righteous people who have chosen to repent and obey the Word of God?
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This Day In History, December 12

627: The Battle of Nineveh (the former capital of the Assyrian Empire; see The Nineveh Prophecies and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes; also Why Was Nineveh Saved From Destruction?). A Byzantine (East Roman Empire) army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).


1098: The Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan during the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs). Church of Rome "Crusaders" massacred about 20,000 citizens of the town.

1408: The Order of the Dragon, a royal order of knights, was created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then King of Hungary (see also The Dragons Of The Bible).

1479: German Emperor Frederick III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) expelled the Jews from Schlettstadt Alsace.

1753: George Washington, then a loyal British military officer in Virginia, delivered an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain's claim to the entire Ohio river valley.

George Washington

1792: Ludwig van Beethoven, aged 22 and newly arrived in Vienna, noted in his diary he had 15 ducats - enough for his first music lesson with Franz Joseph Haydn (see also The Birth Of The Dollar).

1896: In London, Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public exhibition of "wireless" radio.


1911: King George V of Britain held a coronation durbar (the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur) in Delhi. The Indian capital was moved there from Calcutta.

1913: Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was recovered 2 years after having been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Mona Lisa

1915: Yuan Shikai, the President of the Republic of China, announced that he was reinstating the monarchy and proclaiming himself as Emperor of China (see also The First Chinese American War).

1925: The Majlis of Iran voted to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Persia.

1930: The Spanish Revolution began.

1931: While facing a growing communist challenge, Chiang Kai-shek resigned as president of the Nanking government but continued as leader of the Nationalist government which still held control of much of China.


1943: The German Army began "Operation Winter Tempest," the attempt to relieve the Sixth Army which was then trapped in Stalingrad, Russia (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1963: Kenya was granted independence from the United Kingdom.

1964: Kenya became a republic. Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta became the first President of the Republic of Kenya.

1969: Greece withdrew from the Council of Europe shortly before it was to have been expelled because of its military regime.

1979: The port of Tumaco, Colombia, was hit by an earthquake measuring 8.0; 600 died and 80,000 were made homeless.

1985: Arrow Air (a Florida charter cargo and passenger airline) Flight 1285 crashed after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 people, including 236 members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division who were on their way home for Christmas.

1991: The Russian Federation became independent from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) - an ironic change since "Russia" and "the USSR" were often regarded as the same (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?)s.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


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