, LXX., Euseb.; Μακχιδά
, Joseph.), a city of the Canaanites in the south part of the tribe of Judah (Josh.
15.41), governed by a sheikh.
It was the first city taken by Joshua after the battle in Gibeon; and there it was that the five confederate kings were found hid in a cave, which [p. 2.254]
was made their sepulchre after their executions (Josh.
It is placed by Eusebius (Onomast. s. v.
) 8 miles east of Eleutheropolis. [BETHOGABRIS