Beth-horon (bĕth-hōˈrən) [key], in the Bible, name of two neighboring towns on the northerly road from Lod to Jerusalem. They are the modern Beit Ur at Tahta and Beit Ur al Fawga in the West Bank. In this strategic locality two historic Jewish victories were gained, by Joshua and by Judas Maccabaeus.

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