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Bamoth-baal meaning

במות בעל
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🔼The name Bamoth-baal in the Bible

The name Bamoth-baal occurs once or twice in the Bible. When Moses divided Canaan into territories for the tribes of Israel to live, Reuben was allotted Heshbon and all its cities which were on the plain. Bamoth-baal is among them (Joshua 13:17). Most scholars equate Bamoth-baal with the city simply called Bamoth, but that is not necessarily correct.

The other time this name occurs is in Numbers 22:41, where Balak took Balaam in order to show him a portion of the Israelites, and where they built seven altars. Several modern English translations of the Bible (including the KJV and the NAS) don't speak of Bamoth-baal here but of the "high places of Baal".

🔼Etymology of the name Bamoth-baal

The name Bamoth-baal obviously consists of two elements. The first element is the same as the name Bamoth, and is either a normal plural of the feminine noun במה (bama), meaning high place, or else the same as that noun but written in a form of Hebrew that is older than the Hebrew of the Bible:

The second part of our name Bamoth-baal is the same as the name Baal, which means lord or master:

🔼Bamoth-baal meaning

For a meaning of the name Bamoth-baal, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read High Places Of Baal. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't treat Bamoth-baal separately, but translates the name Bamoth with High Place or Great High Place, and customarily translates ba'al with Possessor.

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