- 1. Recognition that early in the Patriarchal narratives and later, there was growing awareness and use of the Hebrew term HaMakom, ‘the place’, with the definite article, in relation to a particular, special, and familiar location.
- 2. The naming by Jacob of the HaMakom site as Beyt-El (Bethel) ‘House of God’ was a strategic and prophetic revelation meaning that we should treat it as the authentic Bethel—where God intended to reside.
- 3. Until David in the Biblical narrative, there remains a small element ofuncertainty as to HaMakom’s true meaning and location, but the stapling of that site by him to Gihon eliminates what doubt remains.
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