🔼The name Kenath in the Bible
The name Kenath belongs to a town of unclear location, but probably on the east side of the Jordan river.
Kenath and its satellite villages were conquered by Nobah, who renamed the town after himself (Numbers 32:42). This new name seems to have stuck for a while because Gideon and consorts ran by a town called Nobah, roughly in the vicinity of Kenath and thus probably the same. The much later writers Pliny and Jerome, however, ignored the name Nobah and spoke of Canatha.
Kenath appears to have attracted its share of conquerors because around the same time of Nobah's campaign, Geshur and Aram helped themselves to the towns of Jair and Kenath with its villages (1 Chronicles 2:23).
🔼Etymology of the name Kenath
The name Kenath possibly comes from the verb קנה (qana), meaning to acquire or create, or the identical root from whence comes the word קנה (qaneh). The plural of the latter is spelled identical to our name and occurs in Exodus 25:36 and 37:22 denoting the "branches" or the Menorah:
For a meaning of the name Kenath, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Possession. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name and lists it alphabetically and not under a specific root.