🔼The name Beth-car in the Bible
The name Beth-car occurs only once in the Bible. Right after the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant to Israel, they figured they could harass Israel some more and attacked them at Mizpah. But YHWH caused consternation in their ranks by sounding a great thunder, and the Israelites were able to slay them as far as below Beth-car (1 Samuel 7:11). To commemorate that victory, Samuel famously erected a stone he called Ebenezer.
🔼Etymology of the name Beth-car
The name Beth-car consists of two elements. The first part is identical to the common Hebrew word בית (bayit) meaning house:
The second part of our name is identical to any of the three words כר (kar):
For a meaning of the name Beth-car, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of A Lamb and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Place Of A Lamb. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) believes that the car-part has to do with the instrument of war and reads House Of The Battering Rams.