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Metaphysical meaning of Beth-anath (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Beth-anath (mbd)
Beth-anath, beth-a'-nath (Heb.)--house of 'Anat; house of answers, i. e., to prayers; house of response; house of reply; house of echo; house of wailing cry; house of affliction.

A city of Canaan that was allotted to Naphtali (Josh. 19:38). The men of Naphtali did not drive out the Canaanitish inhabitants of this city, but made servants of them (Judg. 1:33).

Meta. A thought center in man that, to a degree at least, realizes the response of Spirit to the cry of the soul (see ANATH) for a greater realization of strength (house of answers, i. e., to prayers, house of reply; Naphtali is the Israelitish tribe that represents strength) .

Naphtali failed to overcome the Canaanitish inhabitants of Beth-anath completely, but made them subject to task work. This incident symbolizes a drawing on the elemental life forces of the organism (Canaanites) for increased strength and vigor, while retaining more or less the old material belief concerning these forces. We must know that life is spiritual, immortal, abiding, unlimited, unchanging, and pure, before we can realize and express it in its fullness.

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