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Baal-shalishah meaning

בעל שלשה

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🔼The name Baal-shalishah in the Bible

The name Baal-shalishah occurs only once in the Bible. During a famine, the prophet Elisha takes care of the people by providing them with food. An unnamed man from Baal-shalishah brings Elisha twenty loaves of barley and some grain (2 Kings 4:42). With that, Elisha miraculously feeds a hundred men, and after it there is food left over.

🔼Etymology of the name Baal-shalishah

The name Baal-shalisha 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 comes from the root שלש, which pertains to the number three:

🔼Baal-shalishah meaning

For a meaning of the name Baal-shalishah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Lord Of Shalisha (probably because there is also a town named Shalisha).

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Having A Third, but that's a touch liberal. The name Baal-shalisha is indubitably part of the cluster of names dedicated to Baal.

BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret the name Baal-shalishah.