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Chinnereth

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

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(Hebrews Kinne´ reth, כַּנֶּרֶת; in pause Kinna´ reth [Josh.], כַּנָּרֶת; Sept. Χενέρεθ v. r. [in Deuteromomy] Μαχαναρέθ ), the sing. form (Deuteronomy 3:17; Joshua 19:35) of a town, also called in the plur. CHINNEROTH (Hebrews Kinneroth, כַּנְּרוֹת, 1 Kings 15:20; Sept. Χενέρεθ; A. V. "Cinneroth;" or Kinnaroth', כַּנֲּרוֹת, Joshua 11:2, Χενερώθ ); or perhaps the latter form designates the region of which the other was the metropolis. A similar variety appears in the name of the adjoining lake, which is perhaps intended in some of the above passages. The town was a fortified city in the tribe of Naphtali, mentioned between Rakkath and Adamah (Joshua 19:35), the only certain reference to the city exclusively. Whether it gave its name to or received it from the lake, which was possibly adjacent, is uncertain. Jerome identifies Chennereth (Onomast. s.v., Eusebius Χενερώθ ) with the later Tiberias. This may have been from some tradition then existing: the only corroboration which we can find for it is the mention in Joshua of Hammath as near it, which was possibly the Emmaus (modern Hummain), near the shore of the lake, a little south of Tiberias. This situation of Chinnlereth is denied by Reland (Palest. p. 161) on the ground that Capernaum is said by Matthew (Matthew 4:13) to have been on the very borders of Zebulun and Naphtali, and that Zebulun was to the south of Naphtali. But the evangelist's expression hardly requires this strict interpretation. The town, or the lake, appears to have given its name (slightly altered) to a district "all Cinneroth" (1 Kings 15:20). (See CINNERETH).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Chinnereth'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​tce/​c/chinnereth.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.
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