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Baale-judah meaning

בעלי יהודה
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🔼The name Baale-judah in the Bible

The name Baale-judah occurs only one time in the Bible. The city named as such is mentioned in 2 Samuel 6:2, as the home town of Abinadab, the man in whose house the Ark of the Covenant was stored after it was captured by the Philistines. King David's incorrect transport of the Ark from this location cost Abinadab's son Uzzah his life.

Baale-judah is commonly called Kiriath-jearim, but also Kiriath-baal (Joshua 15:60), Balah (Joshua 19:3), and Bilhah (1 Chronicles 4:29).

🔼Etymology of the name Baale-judah

The name Baale-judah consists of two parts. The first part is the familiar word בעל (ba'al), Baal, meaning lord or master:

The word בעל (ba'al) is extended with the letter י (yod), which in this case probably creates a possessive form: Baal of.

The second part of the name Baale-judah is obviously the name Judah, meaning Let Him Be Praised. It comes from the verb ידה (yada), meaning to praise:

🔼Baale-judah meaning

None of the sources used makes a separate entry for Baale-judah (except NOBSE Study Bible Name List, but this shows a typo, which erroneously makes it seem as if Baale means Judah). But it's pretty sure that Baale-judah means Baal (=Possessor, Master) Of Judah, or Baal Of Let Him Be Praised.

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