🔼The name Baal-tamar in the Bible
The name Baal-tamar features in one of the most horrendous stories of the Bible. In the city of Gibeah, a group of Benjaminites gang-rape a woman from Bethlehem to death. At first they wanted her man, but he shoved her out the door.
When he finds her body the next morning, he cuts her into twelve pieces and sends them to the tribes of Israel. That causes the other tribes to go to war with Benjamin, and the battle that virtually wiped out the tribe of Benjamin took place at Baal-tamar (Judges 20:33).
🔼Etymology of the name Baal-tamar
The name Baal-tamar 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 is the noun תמר (tamar), meaning palm tree:
For a meaning of the name Baal-tamar, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Lord Of The Palm. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Having Palm Trees or Place Of Palm Trees. And BDB Theological Dictionary has Possessor Of Palms.