Kenath is located at Qanawat, 7km NE of Sweida, and around 100km south of Damascus. The town is also known as Canatha or Kanatha. It is the northern main town of Jebel al-Arab, formally known as Jebel el Druze and in biblical terms Mount Bashan. The town is built in the middle of wadi Elghar, and is known for it’s ancient oaks, now preserved in a national park. It’s elevation alongside Swaida give excellent views to the west over Hauran, or ancient Bashan.
In 60 BC this town was listed as one of the towns of the Decapolis, and later during the reign of Septimus Severus was remaned Septimia Canatha [Ross Burns, Monuments of Syria pg 246,7 Ross was the Australian ambassador in Syria and Lebanon]
Kenath [to be conquered or possessed] was a city taken by Nobah and the city was renamed after his own name: Nobah. Num 32:39-41 Nobah means to bark, and is used only once in Isa 56:10 [useless dogs that cannot bark! alongside watchmen that cannot watch!] and has the idea of yelping to pursue. The personal faults with sin that overcomes in life were destroyed in pursuing righteousness. This was the spirit of Caleb, the dog of Num 13,14 who overcame giants to bring a report of the inheritance anticipated by promise. This is our city. The city of the crumbs falling at the edge of the land of promise. This is the western fringes of argob or traconhitis and the northern end of mount Bashan.
Notice the granite in the buildings. This volcanic stone is typical of the area of Bashan, and was exported throughout the middle east as ground millstones due to the hardness of the stone and the light weight of the material from the porus nature formed by volcanic gases. The area of Bashan extends from the eastern lip of the Golan heights, and terminates at the edge of the wilderness to the east of Kenath and Salcah. This wilderness is the terminus of the “going up of the sun” the name of the broad undulating country connecting Nabatean Edom/Petra with Nabatean interests in Syria and Damascus (Note King Aretus in the time of Paul). The Nabateans taking this town from Herod the great. It was through this inhospitable country that the Midianites had determined to escape from the pursuit of Gideon, and content that most men do not continue pursuit into such harshness were foiled by the determination of the men who were “faint yet pursuing”