🔼The name Baalath-beer in the Bible
The name Baal-beer occurs only one time in the Bible, although some scholars equate this place with the city named Baal mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:33. Baal-beer is mentioned in a list of cities that befell the tribe of Simeon as their inheritance in Canaan (Joshua 19:8).
🔼Etymology of the name Baalath-beer
The name Baalath-beer consists of two parts. The first part is the same as the name Baalath, which is probably the same as the feminine noun בעלה (ba'ala), meaning mistress, but spelled in a form of Hebrew that is older than the Hebrew in which the Bible was written. It comes from the root בעל (ba'al), meaning to possess:
The second part of our name is the same as the name Beer, which means well:
For a meaning of the name Baalath-beer, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Mistress Of The Well and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Lady Of The Well or Having A Well. BDB Theological Dictionary does not treat this name.