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Dothan

Meaning: two wells

a famous pasture-ground where Joseph found his brethren watching their flocks

Here, at the suggestion of Judah, they sold him to the Ishmaelite merchants (Gen. 37:17). It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 1600.

It was the residence of Elisha (2 Kings 6:13), and the scene of a remarkable vision of chariots and horses of fire surrounding the mountain on which the city stood. It is identified with the modern Tell-Dothan, on the south side of the plain of Jezreel, about 12 miles north of Samaria, among the hills of Gilboa. The “two wells” are still in existence, one of which bears the name of the “pit of Joseph” (Jubb Yusuf).

The ancient city of Dothan was excavated and studied by Bible archaeologist Dr. Joseph Free of Wheaton College.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, with minor editing by Paul S. Taylor.