- a spot where God is worshiped, marked by a pillar: Gen. 28:17-19
- a holy place
- a church or other place of worship for seamen
- Brit. a place of worship for non-Anglican Protestants
Origin of bethelLate Latin (Vulg.) from Classical Hebrew (language) bet-el, house of God
ancient city in Palestine, just north of Jerusalem (Gen. 35:1-15; Judg. 20:26)
- A hallowed or holy place.
- a. A chapel for seafarers.b. Chiefly British A Nonconformist chapel, especially a Baptist or Methodist one.
Origin of bethelHebrew bêt 'ēl house of God bayit house byt 'ēl God ℵl
A town of ancient Palestine north of Jerusalem. It is now a major archaeological site.
From Hebrew בֵּית אֵל (beth el, literally “house of God”).