Settlements of small but indeterminate size. They could be walled with gates, as a city (1Sam 23:7
; Prov 8:3
), but they are also spoken of in parallel with villages (Matt 10:11
). References to places called towns, like Tappuah (Josh 17:8
), Bethlehem (Judg 17:8
), Arimathea (Luke 23:51
), or Ephraim (John 11:54
), offer no clues as to size or condition to distinguish them from villages or cities.
7Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, “God has given him into my hand; for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gate ... View more
3beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave.
8The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but the town of Tappuah on the boundary of Manasseh belonged to the Ephraimites.
8This man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah, to live wherever he could find a place. He came to the house of Micah in the hill country of Ephraim to carry on ... View more
51had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God.
54Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained ... View more