Ataroth


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Ataroth

(ăt`ərŏth), in the Bible. 1 Town of Gilead. 2 Place or family of Judah.
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It gives credence to the Torah when Mesha, the king of Moab, says of Gad that the tribe had dwelled in the "land of Ataroth from of old." This Moabite tradition, that the Israelite tribe of Gad had been long established in Transjordan already in the 9th century BCE, jibes with the Torah's tradition of early Israelite settlement there.