), a town that has been identified with the modern Neby Samwil
("the prophet Samuel
"), about 4 or 5 miles north-west of Jerusalem
. But there is no certainty as to its precise locality.
The home of Elkanah, Samuel’s father (1 Samuel 1:19 ; 2:11 ), the birth-place of Samuel and the seat of his authority (1 Sam. 2:11; 7:17). It is frequently mentioned in the history of that prophet and of David (15:34; 16:13; 19:18-23). Here Samuel died and was buried (25:1).
Some have supposed that it may be identical with Arimathea of the New Testament.