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HEBREW: 8590 Knet Ta`anak or Knet Ta`nak
NAVE: Taanach
EBD: Taanach
Syrophenician | Syrophoenician | Syrtis | Syrtis, The | Syzygus | Taanach | Taanach-shilo | Taanath Shiloh | Taanathshiloh | Tabaoth, Tabbaoth | Tabbaoth


In Bible versions:

a town of Manasseh given to the Kohathites, 7 km SSE of Megiddo

who humbles thee; who answers thee ( --> same as Tanach)
NETBible Maps: Map1 E4 ; Map2 C1 ; Map4 C2 ; Map5 F2 ; OT4 C4 ; OT5 C4
Google Maps: Taanach (32° 31´, 35° 12´)


Strongs #08590: Knet Ta`anak or Knet Ta`nak

Taanach or Tanach = "sandy"

1) an ancient Canaanite city conquered by Joshua and allotted to the
half tribe of Manasseh although in the territory of Issachar; given
to the Kohathite Levites; located on the west of the Jordan and near
the waters of Megiddo

8590 Ta`anak tah-an-awk'

or Tanak {tah-nawk'}; of uncertain derivation; Taanak or
Tanak, a place in Palestine:-Taanach, Tanach.

Taanach [EBD]

a sandy place, an ancient royal city of the Canaanites, on the south-western border of the plain of Esdraelon, 4 miles south of Megiddo. Its king was conquered by Joshua (12:21). It was assigned to the Levites of the family of Kohath (17:11-18; 21:25). It is mentioned in the song of Deborah (Judg. 5:19). It is identified with the small modern village of Ta'annuk.

Taanach [NAVE]

TAANACH, called also Tanach. A city conquered by Joshua, Josh. 12:21.
Allotted to Manasseh, Josh. 17:11; 1 Chr. 7:29.
Canaanites not driven from, Josh. 17:12; Judg. 1:27.
Assigned to the Levites, Josh. 21:25.
The scene of Barak's victory, Judg. 5:19.
One of Solomon's commissaries at, 1 Kin. 4:12.


(sandy), an ancient Canaanitish city whose king is enumerated among the thirty-one kings conquered by Joshua. (Joshua 12:21) It came into the half tribe of Manasseh, (Joshua 17:11; 21:25; 1 Chronicles 7:29) and was bestowed on the Kohathite Levites. (Joshua 21:25) Taanach is almost always named in company with Megiddo, and they were evidently the chief towns of that fine rich district which forms the western portion of the great plain of Esdraelon. (1 Kings 4:12) It is still called Ta?annuk , and) stands about four miles southeast of Lejjun and 13 miles southwest of Nazareth.


TAANACH - ta'-nak (ta`anakh, or ta`nakh; the Septuagint Tanach, with many variants): A royal city of the Canaanites, the king of which was slain by Joshua (12:21). It was within the boundaries of the portion of Issachar, but was one of the cities reckoned to Manasseh (Josh 17:11; 1 Ch 7:29), and assigned to the Kohathite Levites (Josh 21:25). The Canaanites were not driven out; only at a later time they were set to taskwork (Josh 17:12 f; Jdg 1:27 f). Here the great battle was fought when the defeat of Sisera broke the power of the oppressor Jabin (Jdg 5:19). It was in the administrative district of Baana ben Ahilud (1 Ki 4:12). The name appears in the list of Thothmes III at Karnak; and Shishak records his plundering of Taanach when he invaded Palestine under Jeroboam I (compare 1 Ki 14:25 f). Eusebius says in Onomasticon that it is a very large village, 3 miles from Legio. it is represented by the modern Ta`annek, which stands on a hill at the southwestern edge of the plain of Esdraelon. Megiddo (Tell el-Mutesellim) lies 5 miles to the Northwest. These two places are almost invariably named together. The great highway for traffic, commercial and military, from Babylon and Egypt, ran between them. They were therefore of high strategic importance. Excavations were recently conducted on the site by Professor Sellin, and a series of valuable and deeply interesting discoveries were made, shedding light upon the social and religious life and practices of the inhabitants down to the 1st century BC, through a period of nearly 2,000 years. The Canaanites were the earliest occupants. In accordance with Biblical history, "there is no evidence of a break or abrupt change in the civilization between the Canaanite and the Israelite occupation of Taanach; the excavations Show rather gradual development. The Canaanites will have gradually assimilated the Israelites drawn to them from the villages in the plain" (Driver, Schweich Lectures, 1908, 84). In the work just cited Driver gives an admirable summary of the results obtained by Professor Sellin. In his book on the Religion of Ancient Palestine, Professor Stanley A. Cook has shown, in short compass, what excellent use may be made of the results thus furnished.

W. Ewing

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