Bethel

(Hebrew: house of God).

(1) Ancient Chanaanite town formerly called Luza, situated 12 miles north of Jerusalem. Nearby Abraham twice offered sacrifice (Genesis 12 and 13). It was the scene of the vision of Jacob's Ladder and a sacred place under the Judges where the Israelites "consulted God" (Judges 21), and where the Ark of the Covenant was probably kept for a time.

(2) The name for any dissenting chapel in England, and sometimes used as the name of a Methodist or a Baptist church.

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