🔼The name Beth-emek in the Bible
The name Beth-emek occurs only once in the Bible. It was a city that marked the northern border of the territory of Asher (Joshua 19:27). Since Asher's lands were the most northern of all the tribes, Beth-emek must have been one of the most northern towns of Israel.
🔼Etymology of the name Beth-emek
The name Beth-emek is actually Beth-ha'emek because of the letter ה in front of the emek-part. This letter either serves as the definite article, or else is a particle that signifies motion towards.
Apart from the letter ה, the name Beth-emek 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 the same as the noun עמק ('emeq), meaning valley, from the verb עמק ('amoq), meaning to be deep or hidden:
For a meaning of the name Beth-emek, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of The Valley. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes House or Place Of The Valley. BDB Theological Dictionary suggests Valley House.
With the letter ה, this name could also mean: House Toward The Valley.