🔼The name Beeri in the Bible
There are two men named Beeri in the Bible:
- The father of Judith the Hittite, who married Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah and brother of Jacob (Genesis 26:34).
- The father of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:1).
Note that the name Beeri would be identical to the ethnonym Beerite, or someone from a city called Beer.
🔼Etymology of the name Beeri
The name Beeri possibly comes from the verb באר (ba'ar), meaning to write on stone tablets, or rather its derivative באר (be'er), meaning well:
For a meaning of the name Beeri, NOBSE Study Bible Name List assumes that the post-fixed letter י (yod) serves a grammatical function and reads Expounder. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names assumes that the post-fixed letter י (yod) comes from the name YHWH and reads an inaccurate Well Of God. If the yod was indeed from YHWH, a proper rendering would be Well Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary assumes that the final yod creates a possessive form and reads My Well.