🔼The name Becher in the Bible
There are two men named Becher in the Bible:
- The first Becher we meet is a son of Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel and patriarch of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 46:21).
- The other Becher is a son of Ephraim, son of Joseph, who is a full brother of Benjamin (Numbers 26:35). This second Becher became the patriarch of the בכרי, the Becherites (Numbers 26:35).
🔼Etymology of the name Becher
The name Becher comes from the root-verb בכר (bakar), meaning to rise early:
The name Becher doesn't occur as a proper noun, but taken from the verb it would mean something like Rise Early or Born First. But both BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List seem to assume that Becher is a masculinization of the feminine noun בכרה, denoting the young of a camel, and read Young Camel. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) sticks to the verb and proposes First Born.