EASTON’S BIBLE DICTIONARY (1897 EDITION)
Anathoth – the name of one of the cities of refuge, in the tribe of Benjamin (Josh. 21:18).
The Jews, as a rule, did not change the names of the towns they found in Palestine; hence this town may be regarded as deriving its name from the goddess Anat.
It was the native place of Abiezer, one of David’s “thirty” (2 Sam. 23:27), and of Jehu, another of his mighty men (1 Chr. 12:3).
It is chiefly notable, however, as the birth-place and usual residence of Jeremiah (Jer. 1:1; 11:21-23; 29:27; 32:7-9).
It suffered greatly from the army of Sennacherib, and only 128 men returned to it from the Exile (Neh. 7:27; Ezra 2:23).
It lay about 3 miles north of Jerusalem.
It has been identified with the small and poor village of ‘Anata, containing about 100 inhabitants.