Rehob—Judges 1:31

A Levitical city within the territory of the tribe of Asher, biblical Rehob went by lot to the clan of the Gershonites, but they never drove the inhabitants out to claim it (Josh. 19:28-30; 21:31; Judg. 1:31; 1 Chron. 6:75).

Tel Rehob, located about three and a half miles (6 km) west of the Jordan River and three miles (5 km) south of Beth-Shean in the northeastern territory of the tribe of Manasseh, is the only similarly named archaeological site presently known. During the Late Bronze Age, Egypt had close ties with Tell Rehob. Rehob is a common Hebrew word meaning “broad, wide place” and usually refers to a town square or plaza. Considering its location considerably southeast of Asher, it is improbable that Tel Rehob can be correlated with Rehob of Asher. Some archaeologists have associated Tel Rehob with Beth-Rehob of 2 Samuel 10:6-8. However, Beth-Rehob in 2 Samuel is likely the same place mentioned in Judges 18:28, a city near Dan in the north. At present, it does not seem likely that any biblical town can be confidently associated with Tel Rehob.


Finkelstein, “Does Rehob of the Beth-Shean Valley Appear in the Bible?,” 3-9.

Vitto, “Rehob,” The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, 1272-1274.