🔼The name Bene-berak in the Bible
The town named Bene-berak is mentioned only once in the Bible. It's mentioned among the inheritance of the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:45). Later Jewish writings such as the Talmud indicate that Bene-berak became a rabbinical center.
🔼Etymology of the name Bene-berak
The name Bene-berak consists of two elements. The first part is formed from the plural of the word בן (ben), literally meaning son:
The second part is equal to the name Barak and comes from the noun ברק (baraq), meaning lightning:
For a meaning of the name Bene-berak, NOBSE Study Bible Name List Sons Of Barak (Lightning). BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate. Although he reads lightning for the name Barak, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) erroneously equates lightning with thunder (while the word baraq always means lighting and never thunder, and the word for thunder is רעם — ra'am) and reads Sons Of Thunder. This may have been inspired by the troublesome name Boanerges.