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Beth-anoth meaning

בית־ענות
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🔼The name Beth-anoth in the Bible

The name Beth-anoth occurs one time in the Bible. It belongs to a city, which came to be within the boundaries of Judah, when Canaan was divided among the tribes.

Also note the highly similar name Beth-anath, of a town in Naphtali.

🔼Etymology of the name Beth-anoth

The name Beth-anoth consists of two elements. The first part is identical to the common Hebrew word בית (bayit) meaning house:

The second part of our name comes from the root group ענה:

🔼Beth-anoth meaning

The anoth-part can be any noun derived from either of the four roots ענה. There is even speculation among scholars that it had to do with the female deity named Anat.

For a meaning of the name Beth-anoth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of Anath (the goddess), and BDB Theological Dictionary timidly suggest the similar "= perhaps Temple Of Anat". Only Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes for the full translation, or at least one possible one, and reads House Of Response, "i.e. House Of Echo".

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