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From The Talmud And Hebraica by John Lightfoot

Chapter 78 Some other towns near Tiberias. Beth-Meon. Caphar Chittaia. Paltathah.

Among the towns, neighbouring upon Tiberias, Tarichee is especially commemorated in Josephus, a city thirty furlongs distant from Tiberias: you will find in him the history and mention of it very frequent.

In the Talmudists we meet with other names also.

I. Beth-Meon. |The men of Tiberias, who went up to Beth-Meon to be hired for workmen, were hired according to the custom of Beth-Meon: the men of Beth-Meon, who went down to Tiberias to be hired, were hired according to the custom of Tiberias.|

This place is also called, as it seems, Beth-Mein. In the place noted in the margin, they are treating of the town Timnath: of which it is said, that |Samson went up to Timnath|; and elsewhere, that |the father-in-law of Samson went down to Timnath|: so that there was both a 'going up' and a 'going down' thither. R. Aibu Bar Nigri at last concludes, and saith, |It is like to Beth-Mein, by which you go down from Paltathah; but by which you go up from Tiberias.|

In Josephus, |Beth-Maus [Beth-Meon] is distant from Tiberias four furlongs.| The maps place it too remote from thence.

II. There as also a place not far from Tiberias, or Magdala, whose name was Caphar Chittaia: which we may guess at, from this story: -- |R. Simeon Ben Lachish said thus, They whip a prince, that offends, in the sessions of the three men. R. Judah Nasi hearing these words was angry, and sent to apprehend him. But he fled without Magdala: but some say, Without Caphar Chittaia.| -- Ziddim (Josh 19:35) is Caphar Chittaia. Zer is neighbour to it.

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