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Ben in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Ben in the Bible

The name Ben is vastly popular in our culture but in the Bible it occurs only once, and that in a high name-density chapter of Chronicles. The sole Biblical Ben is an obscure second degree Levite who is a gatekeeper but who is drafted to make music during the transportation of the Ark (1 Chronicles 15:18).

Etymology of the name Ben

Ben is surely also the shortest name in the Bible (together with Dan and Ner), and although a fine name in its own right, the word ben appears as part of about a dozen compound names (see below).

The name Ben is identical to the common Hebrew noun בן (ben), meaning son:

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Ben meaning

The name Ben means Son. But it also means Building Block.

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