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Baara meaning

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🔼The name Baara in the Bible

The beautiful name Baara (pronounced Ba'arah) is rare, even in the Bible. She's the wife of yet another obscure figure, namely a Benjaminite named Shaharaim who sends her and his other wife Hushim away for non-disclosed reasons.(1 Chronicles 8:8). Some scholars say that Baara is the same as Hodesh of verse 9, but the text seems to indicate the Hodesh was a third wife, and that Baara was the only one of three wives to remain childless.

🔼Etymology of the name Baara

The name Baara comes from the root group בער (ba'ar), meaning either to kindle or, rather unkindly, to be stupid, or even a removal of evil from the land:

The final aleph may be explained by seeing it as a substitute for the letter he, which is the common extension to make a word feminine. The substitution of aleph for he is not uncommon. See for instance the name Ezra(h).

🔼Baara meaning

For a meaning of the name Baara, NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes with the latter root and reads a rather uncompromising Foolish. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names leans towards the first root and reads Kindling Of The Moon (meaning: new moon). However, this root refers never to the moon, and nowhere in the Bible is the moon reported to burn or even be warm. Jones probably proposes this because of the proximity of the name Hodesh (=New Moon) to the name Baara. The name Baara taken from the first root would mean just Kindling.

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