house of the sun. (1.) A sacerdotal city in the tribe of Dan (Josh. 21:16; 1 Sam. 6:15), on the north border of Judah (Josh. 15:10). 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). It was afterwards taken by the Philistines (2 Chr. 28:18). It is the modern ruined Arabic village 'Ain-shems, on the north-west slopes of the mountains of Judah, 14 miles west of Jerusalem. (2.) A city between Dothan and the Jordan, near the southern border of Issachar (Josh. 19:22), 7 1/2 miles south of Beth-shean. It is the modern Ain-esh-Shemsiyeh. (3.) One of the fenced cities of Naphtali (Josh. 19:38), between Mount Tabor and the Jordan. Now Khurbet Shema, 3 miles west of Safed. But perhaps the same as No. 2. (4.) An idol sanctuary in Egypt (Jer. 43:13); called by the Greeks Heliopolis, and by the Egyptians On (q.v.), Gen. 41:45.
Dr. Mackenzie thought that this was the siege by which the Israelites gained possession of beth-shemesh.
The tablet reads Beth-Ninib, but scholars are agreed that it refers to beth-shemesh.
Similar cave burials were found by Mackenzie at beth-shemesh.
It was followed by a battle at beth-shemesh; the scene would suggest that Philistia also was involved.
They met near beth-shemesh, on the border of the Philistine lowlands.
He slew 50,070 men at beth-shemesh for looking into his private trunk.
The beasts went of their own accord to beth-shemesh, where it remained in the field of a certain Joshua.