Meaning: house of the sun
also known as: Beth Shamesh, Bethshamesh , Bethsames, Beit Shemesh
This was the name of 4 biblical places.
Joshua 21:16; 1 Samuel 6:15
It was located on the north border of Judah (Joshua 15:10) and is approximately 19 miles (30 km) west of modern Jerusalem.
It was the scene of an encounter between Jehoash, king of Israel, and Amaziah, king of Judah, in which the latter was made prisoner (2 Kings 14:11,13).
The ruins of the ancient biblical city are located at a site called Tel Beit Shemesh (Tell er-Rumeileh), a tell located near the modern city.
It was afterwards taken by the Philistines (2 Chronicles 28:18).
In later times, it was a ruined Arabic village called 'Ain-shems.
The modern city in Israel is called Bet Shemesh (aka Beit Shemesh) and was founded in 1950. —satellite view
Beth-Shemesh, a city between Dothan and the Jordan
near the southern border of Issachar (Joshua 19:22), 7½ miles south of Beth-shean
It is the modern Ain-esh-Shemsiyeh.
Beth-Shemesh, a fenced city of Naphtali
It is located between Mount Tabor and the Jordan River.
Now Khurbet Shema, 3 miles west of Safed. But perhaps the same as No. 2.
Beth-Shemesh, an idol sanctuary in Egypt
called by the Greeks Heliopolis, and by the Egyptians On, Genesis 41:45
also known as: Ôn, Iunu On, Āwen, Ὂν
Article Version: June 27, 2019