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Berothah meaning

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🔼The name Berothah in the Bible

The name Berothah occurs only once in the Bible. The prophet Ezekiel mentions it as a city on the northern border of the restored Israel (Ezekiel 47:16). Some scholars believe that this city is the same as Berothai, the Moabite city from which David levied bronze after he defeated Hadadezer, but Moab was located more to the south and these cities are probably not the same.

🔼Etymology of the name Berothah

The name Berothah probably comes from a plural form of the noun באר (be'er), meaning well:

Where the final letter ה (he) comes from is not clear. The final ה (he) is often used to turn a masculine noun into a feminine one, but that doesn't hold water when we derive the beroth-part from a plural form of the already feminine noun באר (be'er). Some scholars believe that Berothah is an alternate form of the name Berothai, and that the final ה (he) is like the final י (yod) of Berothai, a remnant of יהוה, YHWH, the name of the Lord.

🔼Berothah meaning

For a meaning of the name Berothah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List ignores the final ה (he) and equates it with Berothai, of which it ignores the final י (yod). NOBSE reads Wells for both.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees the name יהוה in both endings and translates both names with Wells Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary interprets neither name but does list both under the noun באר (be'er), meaning well.

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