The name Beer in the Bible
There are two towns named Beer mentioned in the Bible:
- A place where Israel camped, and where YHWH told Moses to assemble the people so that He might give them water (Numbers 21:16). Soon after followed the victory over the Amorites, which gave Israel control over the territory between the rivers Arnon and Jabbok. The Jabbok, obviously, was were Jacob became Israel (Genesis 32:22).
- Perhaps the same and perhaps another place called Beer, where Jotham, the last surviving son of Gideon, fled to after his half-brother Abimelech butchered all seventy other sons of Gideon (Judges 9:21).
Etymology of the name Beer
The name Beer is identical to the word באר (be'er), meaning well:
For a meaning of the name Beer, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read A Well. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name but does equate it with the noun באר (be'er), meaning well.