🔼The name Beth-arabah in the Bible
Beth-arabah is a city which originally served as a border marker for the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:6). It was situated in the wilderness of Judah (as opposed to the highlands or the south; Joshua 15:61).
When Benjamin's portion was assigned within Judah, Beth-arabah became theirs (Joshua 18:22).
🔼Etymology of the name Beth-arabah
The name Beth-arabah consists of two or three elements. The first part is identical to the common Hebrew word בית (bayit) meaning house:
The letter ה (he) that precedes the final part may either be the definite article, or it is a particle that governs a motion towards: House On The Way To Arabah.
For a meaning of the name Beth-arabah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of Desert and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar House Of The Desert. BDB Theological Dictionary reads a curious House Of The Depression.