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Metaphysical meaning of Ataroth (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Ataroth (mbd)
Ataroth, at'-a-roth (Heb.)--crowns.

The name of several towns that belonged to different Israelitish tribes (Josh. 16:2, 7). Some of these towns were in Palestine, and at least one of them was on the other side of the Jordan. This town was one of the cities that were given to Gad and Reuben on condition that they should send all their fighting men into Canaan with the other tribes of Israel to help drive out the enemies there. The land of Jazer, or Gilead, where this city of Ataroth was located, was "a place for cattle," and the children of Reuben and Gad had a great many cattle (Num. 32:3, 34).

Meta. Crowns symbolize victory, reward, authority, honor. Ataroth (crowns) here is representative of victory or dominion over, and intelligent direction of, animal strength (cattle) in individual consciousness, also of the reward that follows this victory, which is an increase of spiritual strength and power. Each individual, as he learns to express and to direct aright the inner forces of his being, becomes clothed with righteousness and is given a crown of life; this is in store for all persons who love and serve God.

The other towns named Ataroth also typify dominion gained over various phases of the earth-life or sense reasonings, and the spiritual uplift and good that are experienced thereby.

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Following Entry: Ataroth-addar