Jano'ah (Heb. Yano'ach, יָנוֹח, rest; 2Ki 15:29; Sept. Α᾿νώχ v.r. Ι᾿ανώχ; but in Joshua cvi, 6,7 with ה local, Yano'chah, יָנוֹחָה, to Janoah; Sept. Ι᾿ανωχά v. r. Ι᾿ανωκά and Ι᾿ανώ, or even ᾿Μαχώ; Vulg. Janzoe; A.V. "Janohah"), the name probably of two places.
1. A town on the N.E. border of Ephraim (see Keil and Delitzsch, Comment. on Joshua, etc., p. 177, Clarke's ed.), and consequently in or near the Jordan valley (Jos 16:6-7). Euseb. and Jerome state that in their time it was still a village in the district of Acrabatine, twelve miles east of Neapolis, the ancient Sichem (Onomasticon s. v Ι᾿ανώ, Janon). About three and a half hours (12 miles) east by south of Nablus stands the little village of Yanon, situated in a vale which descends the eastern slope of the mountains of Ephraim to the Jordan. The village is' now mostly in ruins, but it has a few houses inhabited, and its ancient remains "are extensive and interesting. Entire houses and walls are still existing, but covered with immense heaps of earth and rubbish. The- dwellings of the present inhabitants are built upon and between the dwellings of the ancient Janohah" (Van de Velde, Travels, 2, 303). Janohah being situated on the side of the mountain range, the border "went down" to Ataroth, which lay in the valley of the Jordan. About a mile up the vale of Janohahis a little fountain, and upon a hill above it the prostrate ruins of another ancient town which is now called Khirbet Yanun ("ruined: Yaniun") (Robinson, B. R. 3:297):
2. A town of Northern Palestine, situated apparently between Abel-beth- Maachah and Kedesh, and within the boundaries of Naphtali. It was taken, with several other cities; on the first invasion of Palestine by TiglathPileser, king of Assyria (2Ki 15:29). It is mentioned by Eusebius and Jerome, but they strangely confound it with Janohah, a town of Ephraim (Onomasticon, s.v.; Janon), and in this they are followed by Reland: (Palestina, p. 826), Gesenius (Thesaurus, s.v.), Schwarz Palest. p. 147), and others. The modern village of Hunin, which stands on the brow of a mountain between Abel and Kedesh, and which contains the massive ruins of a large and strong castle, would answer to the situation, and the names have some slight radical affinity. For a description of Hunin, see Porter, Handbook for Syria and Palestine, p. 444. — Kitto, s.v. 'A ruin called Yanuh, on a hill S.W. of Haddata (Robinson, Later Researches, p.58), seems' by its name to have more correspondence to Jalnoah than Huinnin;
but it lies in the center of Gentile Galilee, and Tiglath-Pileser's march seems rather to have followed the hills along the Huleh plain, Van de Velde, Memoir, p. 324.