Who Invented Bethel?

Bethel means ‘House of God’. It is a small village that is located about 12 Roman miles towards the northern side of Jerusalem. Bethel was founded by Edward Robinson. He was also known as the ‘Father of Biblical Geography.’

Edward was born on April 10th, 1794 at Southington, Connecticut. He attended the Hamilton College, Clinton in New York. His uncle Seth Norton was the professor of this college. Edward graduated from the college in the year 1816 when he was 22 years of age. He married Theresa Albertine Luise Robinson in the year 1828. He died in the year 1863.

If you ever go through the ‘Book Of Genesis’ you will come across the word Bethel several times with it. This word was first disclosed in Genesis 12. But most of the youth today might have read this word in ‘Genesis 28.’ In Genesis 28 we might have read the story where Jacob who was trying to flee from his brother Esau fell asleep on a stone. While he was asleep, he begins to dream about a long ladder that is being stretched from heaven to Earth. He also dreamt about seeing many angels being gathered by his side. He later saw God standing at one end of the ladder leading to Heaven and God assures Jacob that he will receive the Land of Canaan. Jacob suddenly wakes up and then anoints the stone with holy oil as it was the place where he got such a wonderful dream. He eventually names this place ‘Bethel’.

There are many more stories related to the foundation of this beautiful village Bethel. There are also stories about members of 8 Norwalk who used to walk through the area (which is today called Danbury) somewhere during the summer period in the year 1684. Well, all what we know is that Bethel is known as ‘House of God’.

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