Aven

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Aven (ā´vĕn), in the Bible, abusive name applied to towns: to Bethel (see Beth-aven); to Heliopolis in Egypt in the Book of Ezekiel; and to some other place, traditionally Baalbek, in the Book of Amos.

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Beth-aven (bĕth-ā´vĕn), in the Bible, town of ancient Palestine, between Bethel and Michmash. It is probably used as an abusive name for Bethel in the Book of Hosea. The prophet seems to use Aven (for Beth-aven) also in the same way.