Beth'car (Heb. Beyth Kar', בֵּית כִּר, sheep-house, i.e. pasture; Sept. Βαιθχόρ v. r. Βελχόρ), a place named as the point to which the Israelites pursued the Philistines from Mizpeh on a memorable occasion (1Sa 7:11), and therefore west of Mizpeh; apparently a Philistine guard-house or garrison. From the unusual expression "under (מִתִּחִת) Beth-car," it would seem that the place itself was on a height, with the road at its foot. Josephus (Ant. 6, 2, 2) has "as far as Corrhaea" (μέχρι Κοῤῥαίων), and goes on to say (in accordance with the above text) that the stone Ebenezer was set up at this place to mark it as the spot to which the victory had extended. SEE EBEN- EZER; SEE COREAE. Schwarz's attempted identification (Palest. p. 136) is not sustained by accurate maps.

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