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Dothan (Hebrew: דֹתָן) was a city located at north of Shechem, and about 100 km north of Hebron. It was known to Eusebius, who places it 12 miles to the north of Sebaste (Samaria); and here it has been discovered in our own times. It is identified with the modern Tell-Dothan, on the south side of the plain of Jezreel, among the hills of Gilboa.
It is first mentioned (Genesis 37:17) in connection with the history of Joseph. Here, at the suggestion of Judah, the brothers sold him to the Ishmaelite merchants (Gen. 37:17). It later appears as the residence of Elisha (2 Kings 6:13) and the scene of a remarkable vision of chariots and horses of fire surrounding the mountain on which the city stood.