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Bera meaning

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🔼The name Bera in the Bible

There's only one Bera in the Bible and he is the king of Sodom, featured in the War of Four Against Five Kings (Genesis 14). Bera is one of the coalition of five kings who arise against kings Amraphel, Arioch, Chedorlaomer and Tidal. The fight takes place in the valley of Siddim and ends poorly for the five. At least two of the five, including Bera, fall in one of the many tar pits in that area and we may assume that they subsequently perished (14:10).

🔼Etymology of the name Bera

According to BDB Theological Dictionary, the root and meaning of this name are unknown.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, undeterred as ever, thinks that our name Bera belongs to a small group of names that start out with a truncated form of the familiar noun בן (ben), meaning son:

The second part of our name could then be construed to come from the word רע (ra), meaning evil:

Any Hebrew audience may have heard a compound of the following elements: The very common Hebrew preposition ב (be) meaning in, at or by:

and either of the instances of the form רע listed above.

🔼Bera meaning

Judging from the context this name is probably meant to mean Son Of Evil (according to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or In Evil or Through Evil. The name of Bera's comrogue Birsha seems to be formed from the same idea and means something similar.

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