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Beth-biri meaning

בית בראי
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🔼The name Beth-biri in the Bible

The name Beth-biri occurs only one time in the Bible. A city of that name is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:31, as one of the cities in which the tribe of Simeon lived. Apparently, Simeon didn't procreate as robustly as the tribe of Judah, but still, a Simeonite named Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, and they occupied among others the town of Beth-biri.

🔼Etymology of the name Beth-biri

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

The second part of our name seems to derive from the root-verb ברא (bara'), meaning to create:

🔼Beth-biri meaning

For a meaning of the name Beth-biri, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read House Of My Creation. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate or interpret the name Beth-biri, deems it "perhaps a text error" and equates it with another Simeonite town called בית לבאות, or Beth-lebaoth, and that one in turn with the Judahic city Lebaoth (Joshua 15:32).

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