🔼The name Baal-hermon in the Bible
The name Baal-hermon occurs twice in the Bible. It belongs to either a town near mount Hermon or else is the name of a mountain close to mount Hermon. Prior and just after the conquest of Canaan, mount Baal-hermon was peopled by Hivites (whose job it was to test Israel, to see if the latter would stick to the commands of YHWH; Judges 3:3-4).
The Chronicler submits that at some point after the conquest, Baal-hermon (without the word for mountain in front of it) became settled by the half-tribe of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 5:23).
🔼Etymology of the name Baal-hermon
The name Baal-hermon consists of two parts. The first part is the familiar word בעל (ba'al), Baal, meaning lord or master:
The second part of our name Baal-hermon is the same as the name Hermon, which comes from the complicated verb חרם (haram), meaning to assign someone or something to the afterlife:
The whole name Baal-hermon would mean something like Lord Of Designation or Master Of Destruction. For a meaning of our name, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Lord Of Hermon. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) appears to apply the hypothetical root חרם II (haram II) and translates our name with a rather curious and ultimately incorrect Place Of The Nose. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but lists it both under בעל (ba'al) and חרם (haram).