(house of rest), or in Samuel, Bethshan, a city which belonged to Manasseh (1 Chronicles 7:29), though within the limits of Issachar (Joshua 17:11) and therefore on the west of Jordan (comp. 1 Maccabees 5:62). In later times it was called Scythopolis (2 Maccabees 12:29). The place is still known as Beisan. It lies in the Ghor or Jordan valley, about twelve miles south of the Sea of Galilee and four miles west of the Jordan.
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866)