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Beth-arabah meaning

בית הערבה

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🔼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).

It may be that Abi-albon (or Abiel) the Arbathite, one of David's mighty men, was from Beth-arabah (2 Samuel 23:31 Chronicles 11:32).

🔼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 final part of our name is the same as the name Arabah, the feminine version of the name Arabia. All comes from the cluster of roots of the form ערב ('rb):

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.

🔼Beth-arabah meaning

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.